Graeme Souness launches scathing attack on Bruno Fernandes

Former Liverpool player and pundit Graeme Souness has launched a scathing attack on Bruno Fernandes after the midfielder was hauled off Portugal’s 4-2 loss to Germany. Fernandes failed to have his usual influence on games and was substituted shortly after the hour mark, sparking criticism from pundits.

The 68-year-old was unhappy with Fernandes’ petulant ways and claimed that Manchester United’s talisman “wouldn’t last five minutes” in his dressing room.

Souness complimented Fernandes but proceeded to attack him, highlighting instances where the 26-year-old reacted to not receiving the ball from his teammates.

“He’s an exceptionally talented boy, there is so much to like about him. A great striker of the ball, when he shoots he makes the goalkeeper work,” Souness said on ITV’s Euro 2020 coverage, via Daily Star.

“I played with players that would not be accepting of the thing you just touched on [petulance], you know he doesn’t get the ball and he is waving his hands around. He would not have lasted more than five minutes in my dressing room, but he is a wonderful talented boy.”

Souness was quizzed further on his remarkable claims and the suggestions that Fernandes’ antics could prove to be disruptive to a team. “We play as a team, we win together, we lose together,” Souness continued. “So all that nonsense, shaking your head and waving your arms at your own teammates, is a no-no for me.”

With three points after two games, Fernandes’ Portugal currently sit third in their group, which could put their place in the round of 16 in danger.
Four third-placed teams will go through to the next round but defeat to France next week could end their defense of the trophy at the earliest possible stage.
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