Egypt legend Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ has praised England head coach Gareth Southgate.
This has followed their EURO 2020 run to the final following wins over Germany, Ukraine, and Denmark.
The Three Lions have reached the tournament’s final for the first time in their history.
They are set to face Italy at Wembley on July 11.
Following their historic achievement, Mido applauded Southgate, who is currently leading England for his team’s outstanding performance.
Southgate had managed Mido before when he was among the ranks of Middlesbrough.
And ahead of the tournament, the Egyptian didn’t think much of the English manager.
Mido tweeted against Southgate
“England need a proper manager. They are wasting their time with Southgate,” Mido in November 2020.
“It’s true he always says the right things in the media.”
“That’s why he kept his job for so long but believe me.”
“He is stuttering every time things goes wrong at half-time. Players feel his fear!”
“I remember him at Middlesbrough, he was scared to death when we were fighting relegation.”
“True, it was his first job, but these things never change.”
“If you are scared of losing a football match, you will always be scared of losing a football match!!”
“And players can always feel it.”
“England got some top talents in their side, but they need a manager with strong character.”
“Someone who can get them to enjoy themselves and play with no fear.”
“I’m sorry but Southgate is not the man to do that.”
The 38-year-old has changed the tone
However, in a recent interview with Football Daily, Mido seems to have changed his opinion on Southgate.
Mido did this following England’s impressive tournament.
“Southgate has done everything right and I am very happy for him.”
“It’s one of the things I have now learnt about football, if you get enough time to learn.”
“And the right opportunity to prove yourself you will always make it.”
“He’s a very nice man and now he proved that he’s also a very good coach.”
“Tactically, even when England had the best players, they never had balance in the team.
“For example, I never believed that Gerard and Lampard could play together.”
“Both of them play the same position and both of them want to score goals and get into the box.”
“With Rice and Philips, they give freedom to other players around them like Walker and Luke Shaw.”
“This is what England needed and Gareth Southgate is the one that fixed that.
“I have been criticizing him, I never believed he would develop this much.”
“But this is the beauty of football, everyone can prove you wrong.”
Mido then concluded by saying: “I was a difficult boy, after managing me he can manage everyone else.”