Lions are lame: Butcher

> For­mer skip­per say Eng­land are men­tally weak and psy­cho­log­i­cally scarred

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TERRY BUTCHER be­lieves Eng­land are men­tally weak and psy­cho­log­i­cally scarred. The for­mer Eng­land cap­tain says that years of fail­ure have knocked the stuff­ing out of the na­tion’s top play­ers and given them stage fright when it matters most at ma­jor tour­na­ments.

Butcher – who was fa­mously left bruised and blood­ied in a World Cup qual­i­fier against Swe­den in 1989 – says the cur­rent squad pos­sess play­ers ready to take a bat­ter­ing for their coun­try just like him, most no­tably Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.

But he be­lieves the prob­lem for Gareth South­gate’s men are the scars they are car­ry­ing that can’t be seen.

“It def­i­nitely is a men­tal prob­lem... Psy­cho­log­i­cally we are very scarred,” said the 77-times capped for­mer Ip­swich and Rangers de­fender.

“We are back­wards in terms of pos­i­tiv­ity. They’ve be­come used to go­ing to tour­na­ments and get­ting on the bus and the plane home very early.

“For an in­ter­na­tional team we’re pretty young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced – and men­tally very, very weak. That comes through lack of progress in tour­na­ments.

“That comes through not ful­fill­ing the prom­ise they’ve got. That can and does scar you.

“It’s more brav­ery than any­thing else. Bot­tle, guts, de­sire, heart, what­ever you want to call it.

“There’s a lack of self-con­fi­dence with the play­ers be­cause of what’s hap­pened. They’re so keen to get rid of the mem­o­ries of Ice­land, of the mem­o­ries of Brazil – they’re so keen to do well.”

Eng­land are still pick­ing up their pieces fol­low­ing their dis­as­trous Euro 2016 un­der for­mer boss Roy Hodg­son when they suf­fered a hu­mil­i­at­ing exit at the hands of Ice­land.

They face Scot­land at Wem­b­ley to­mor­row in a World Cup qual­i­fier and Butcher has told them to be brave.

“You have to show pas­sion in a dif­fer­ent way,” he said.

“Whether that means be­ing brave to take on the ball in tight ar­eas, brave to take on the shot or brave to take peo­ple on or make that tackle and risk be­ing red-carded.

“There is a brav­ery and pas­sion in other things within the game. The in­ten­sity has changed that much.”

One man Butcher in­sists should be play­ing at Wem­b­ley is Eng­land cap­tain Wayne Rooney.

“He is the cap­tain and leader. If I was play­ing for Scot­land – god for­bid – if he didn’t play on Fri­day I’d be de­lighted, ab­so­lutely thrilled,” Butcher said. – Daily Star

A blood­ied Terry Butcher af­ter Eng­land’s World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match against Swe­den in 1989.

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