England coach Kevin Keegan's tactics have been criticized by the European governing body UEFA in a report on England's brief stay at Euro 2000.
The report, one of 12 published by the tournament organizers on their official website about countries already eliminated from the championships, also claims that the England coach "added to the delusion" of supporters with his declaration that England could win the event.
The report begins: "For England the lessons of yesterday never seem to impact on the fevered anticipation of tomorrow.
"A nation that since 1966 boasts just one European Championship semifinal and a single FIFA World Cup semifinal should have no expectation of success, but another early exit from a major tournament is accompanied to the backdrop of bitter anguish."
UEFA were also critical of Keegan's apparent naivety when it came to team formation, particularly against Portugal. The report continued: "Keegan did not know his best formation, yet alone his best team.
"He wanted to utilize the creative talents of Steve McManaman, but could not find a way to do it successfully.
"Keegan's main complaint was that his players could not pass the ball with any great efficiency but, with the exceptions of David Beckham and Paul Scholes, that has been obvious for some time.
"With Graeme Le Saux injured, there was not a decent left-back to choose from, not while Kevin Keegan continued to overlook Nigel Winterburn.
"Phil Neville had to bear that responsibility and the blame for the catastrophic defeat against Romania" - (AFP)
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