France bowed out of Euro 2020 after losing a thriller on penalties to Switzerland in Bucharest, and were promptly savaged by the ITV Sport panel for approaching the match with the “wrong attitude.”
France led 3-1 with nine minutes remaining in their Round of 16 clash with the Swiss.
But Les Bleus collapsed in the final moments of the game as goals from Haris Seferovic and Mario Gavranovic dramatically dragged Switzerland back into the game.
A tense period of extra time soon gave way to penalties, and Swiss goalkeeper Jan Sommer was the hero, saving from France’s final penalty from Kylian Mbappe to book a quarter-final clash with Spain.
After the match, French former World Cup winner Patrick Vieira paid tribute to the Swiss, while also criticising his own countrymen.
“Everyone can miss a penalty, but tonight we have to give credit to the Swiss team,” he said immediately after the dramatic shoot-out.
“The best team went through and I was disappointed with the France team tonight.
“Tonight it was a poor national team, they showed no kind of spirit and we did not deserve to go through and were too reliant on their individuals to get them through and ultimately it worked against them.”
Fellow panelist Gary Neville was in full agreement with his colleagues, adding, “They fully deserved to win that shootout, there was only one winner in that shootout because Switzerland were just glad to be there.
“You think a team that was going to win the tournament, you have to come through difficult moments and that this was France’s.
“But they were never comfortable in defence and it was a weird performance from experienced players.”