There was a defeated feeling surrounding the Betting Expert’s latest episode of ‘The Big Stage’, as Rory Jennings and Wayne Bridge reflected on a lackluster England performance from Friday night. 

Former England international Bridge was keen to emphasise that Southgate’s side can use the widespread criticism from Friday night to fuel their fire as they progress in the tournament. 

Bridge stated: “I think it will have been hard for them players to take.They have come under a lot of criticism from pundits as well, which I am sure they will have seen, so if I’m the manager now, one I’d analyse the game, but also I’d tell them to go and prove them wrong.

“They have got to go out and show some fight. I think what was disappointing for me was the fight and the running around. It was frustrating, but now I just want them to go and silence any critics.”

The former left-back went on to defend talisman, Harry Kane, as he stated ‘Scotland defended very well and they marked him very well – there was no space’.

“I really wish Grealish had played and we had attacked more and taken the game to them, it’s always hard to find space when they defend deep,” he added.

Jennings however, was far more damning in his assessment of England’s performance, highlighting that it came against a side who had a full-back from Motherwell and a QPR striker leading the line. 

He went on to describe it as ‘embarrassing’ before Bridge stepped back in and assured him that ‘things are going to get better’. 

The pair were both united in calling for more bravery from Southgate, specifically when it comes to the starting eleven that he opts for on Tuesday night in England’s final group game. 

Looking ahead in terms of betting, the team mapped out their bold predictions for this week’s action, with Bridge backing the Scots to continue their heroics and pull of a big win against Croatia. 

Jennings on the other hand, still has a pre-tournament bold prediction bet that’s alive, which was the Scots not to get a goal throughout the whole tournament. 

Host Joe Ryan also detail a bold pick for the final round of group games as he stated that Italy, France and England would all keep a clean sheet. 

The Big Stage: Wayne Bridge backs England to use criticism to fuel a fightback