Why the f–k can’t you get off their backs and let them get on with playing football.
This is exactly what I think too. The Italy game was one of the most exciting performances from an England team I’ve seen in many years. The attack terrified the Italian defence (always regarded as one of the best in the world) for much of the game, and were denied at least one penalty, and for once it as an enjoyable spectacle, rather than the boring predictable over-cautiousness traditional to England’s play. I’d rather see them lose playing entertaining football, than lose playing boring football.
It was a very good performance going forward. Just needed a bit more steel and pace in one area of the field. I’d much rather watch them lose that kind of game and make more than a dozen chances than some insipid, over cautious performance against a supposedly weaker side full of Championship players.