Former England international Jamie Carragher has slammed the “phonies” and “bandwagon jumpers” over their support of the Three Lions at Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate ’s side have marched through the tournament so far, winning all but one game on their way to a second successive major tournament semi-final.
After winning their group, Southgate’s men claimed a famous win over Germany in the Last 16 thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and captain Harry Kane.
That set up a quarter-final clash with Ukraine, with the Three Lions hammering Andriy Shevchenko’s side thanks to a double from Kane and headers from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.
England will now take on Denmark at Wembley tonight, hoping to reach their first major tournament final since the 1966 World Cup.
But while many in the country have rallied around Southgate’s troops as they have once again delivered, some have not been so supportive.
Southgate and his team took the decision before the tournament began to take the knee before each match in call for equality for all.
When they did this in the two warm-up games though, boos could be heard around the Riverside Stadium, something that has continued at Wembley.
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Politicians have also criticised the England team for taking their stand, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel failing to back Southgate’s side.
Conservative MP Lee Anderson went a step further than his party colleagues, stating before the tournament that he would boycott England games altogether.
With Southgate having led his side to the latter rounds of the knockout stages, these politicians have been left with egg on their face.
And as many of them now release tweets supporting the Three Lions, Carragher has blasted their hypocrisy.
“I can’t stand seeing all the bandwagon jumpers as England progress through the rounds, especially from politics. They are phonies,” he wrote in a column for the Telegraph.
“Southgate and his players have constructed a new idea of what the English national team is.
“So much so that the politicians who criticised them for bringing various social issues to the fore are now desperately trying to associate themselves with this winning team.
“Fans around the country can see through that hypocrisy.”
This is England’s first appearance in a European Championship semi-final since 1996, but Carragher believes that the current England squad have already achieved far more than their predecessors.
“As with any England side, they will ultimately be defined by what happens on the pitch in the closing stages of this tournament,” the former defender added.
“Anything less than victory will see this squad placed alongside those in Italia ‘90 and Euro ‘96 as players who galvanised a nation but fell short.
“But with respect to those teams, this squad has already achieved something more. This is not just any England squad. This is a squad for all of England.”