Mourinho singles out Man Utd’s Shaw as one of England’s strugglers vs Scotland

Jose Mourinho has laid into Luke Shaw as England gear up to face the Czech Republic.

Gareth Southgate's side are targeting a win to top Group D and secure a Wembley date in the last 16, following last week's disappointing draw against Scotland.

And Mourinho criticised Shaw's performance against the Scots – after the two famously failed to get on at Manchester United.

The Special One would often publicly criticise the left-back when he was in charge of the Red Devils.

And he has now claimed Shaw looked as he was lacking confidence against the Scots – despite the fact he has just had his best season at Old Trafford, and was named Players' Player of the Year ahead of talisman Bruno Fernandes.

The Roma boss said Shaw and Chelsea star Reece James were "poor" at Wembley – as he absolved Southgate of blame for the lack of attacking impetus from the full-backs.

"The most important thing is the confidence of players," Mourinho told talkSPORT.

"I don't believe at all that for example when Gareth decided to play the last game with James and Shaw.

"I don't believe he told them don't attack, stay on the line of the four, be cautious. I don't believe that."

Mourinho insisted that if Southgate had wanted to play defensively, he'd have played a three-man defence instead of a back four, saying: "To do that, you do that with other players.

"To do that, then you play Ben White in defence alongside the Mings and Stones as well.

"I think the confidence of the players (is important). James and Shaw are attacking and fast players. Normally they go forward and create. They arrive in the box and create.

"They didn't against Scotland. They stayed very, very quiet.

"They didn't make mistakes. But offensively they were poor."

Mourinho said Southgate got his team set-up right for the opening victory over Croatia, but insisted the Three Lions needed more more creativity from midfield to overcome the Scots.

Jack Grealish could be the answer, with England fans calling for him to start against the Czechs on Tuesday night after coming off the bench against Steve Clarke's side.

"To play Rice and Phillips together against Croatia made sense and worked well," said Mourinho, who was sacked as Tottenham boss two months ago.

"In that game of that nature (against Scotland), it is different. You need more creativity. You need one of the midfield players to be creative.

"Honestly I don't think it's a question of the coach to tell them to have a game plan."

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