England lack ‘creativity’ with Kalvin Phillips & Declan Rice and must take more risks at Euro 2020, raps Patrick Vieira

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ENGLAND’S lack of creativity in midfield is likely to be their downfall, according to Patrick Vieira.

The Three Lions mustered just one shot on target in their awful 0-0 draw with Scotland at Wembley.

Declan Rice has partnered fellow defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips in midfield

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Declan Rice has partnered fellow defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips in midfieldCredit: Getty

It came on the back of a 1-0 victory over Croatia, where England were limited to just two shots on target.

Boss Gareth Southgate has opted to start with both Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice in the middle of the park in the opening two matches.

It appears to be stifling England going forward, with star man Harry Kane yet to register a shot on target.

And Arsenal’s midfield legend Vieira believes Southgate must switch it up by adding more creativity in the ranks.

He told ITV: “I think when you look at England, they’re in a good place but if you ask ‘why don’t they create good chance’, I believe the holding midfielders are both ball-winners, it’s not their strength to be good with the ball.

“I think there’s a lack of creativity, a lack of seeing the game really quick and trying to find players between the lines. Too many passes backwards and safe passes sideways.

“They didn’t take enough risk.”

His thoughts were echoed by Graeme Souness who believes England would get dumped out of the tournament against a bigger name.

England are struggling to create chances going forward

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England are struggling to create chances going forwardCredit: PA
Patrick Vieira believes England need to take more risks

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Patrick Vieira believes England need to take more risksCredit: ITV

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He added: “I can’t believe England don’t have a player that can play creatively.

“I find it amazing they can’t produce [another] player like Paul Scholes.

“You need to get more creativity in there. Against Croatia I didn’t see much to get me excited about England.

“I look at them and think ‘that team against a better one are not going to do very well.'”

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