Matt Le Tissier lays into ‘woke’ Gareth Southgate as he moans that England boss wouldn’t want his coaching advice on penalty kicks ahead of the World Cup

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has laid into ‘woke‘ England manager Gareth Southgate, as he insists that he would not want to take his advice on taking penalties.

The midfielder, who converted 47 of his 48 penalties with the Saints, has offered to share his wisdom on penalties with Three Lions squad’s in the past.

But he has admitted that he probably had more chance of actually being given nod by previous Three Lions managers than Southgate.

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has laid into ‘woke’ England manager Gareth Southgate

The former midfielder insists that Southgate (pictured) wouldn't take his advice on penalties

The former midfielder insists that Southgate (pictured) wouldn’t take his advice on penalties

Le Tissier told GBNews: ‘I have on occasions in the past approaching World Cups and European Championships offered my services to go and coach the players, if they want some advice on taking penalties.

‘To be fair, I mean, there were probably other managers that may have been more likely to listen than the woke Mr. Southgate. 

‘I would quite happily take a penalty still, at my age. I really enjoyed the pressure of those situations. 

Club legend Le Tissier converted 47 of his 48 penalties during his time with Southampton

Club legend Le Tissier converted 47 of his 48 penalties during his time with Southampton

‘I really looked forward to taking penalties. And I think one of the biggest things you can have as a penalty-taker is your mindset going into it has to be really positive. 

‘And I believe that was one of the biggest reasons why my penalty record was good.’

Le Tissier has also played down England’s hopes of winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, although he would love to see them win.  

‘I suspect not. As much as I would love them to win the World Cup, I think with my realistic cap on I think there are perhaps better teams than us. 

‘However, you never know, football’s a funny game.’

Le Tissier has also played down England's hopes of winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Le Tissier has also played down England’s hopes of winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Le Tissier quit as an ambassador at Southampton back in April, shortly after stopping short of apologising for spreading conspiracy theories about Russia’s massacre of civilians in Bucha, Ukraine.

The club legend was savaged by his followers after appearing to suggest that the media have lied about the unfolding horrors in eastern Europe. 

He retweeted a post from an account named Unity News Net, which claimed the atrocities in Ukraine had been falsified by the media after ‘weapons of mass destruction’, ‘Covid’ and ‘the Hunter Biden laptop’. Le Tissier captioned his tweet ‘This’, with a finger-pointing emoji down to the Unity News Net post.  

Le Tissier quit as an ambassador at Southampton back in April after his controversial tweets

Le Tissier quit as an ambassador at Southampton back in April after his controversial tweets

On Twitter, Le Tissier retweeted a post suggesting the media have 'lied' about certain events

On Twitter, Le Tissier retweeted a post suggesting the media have ‘lied’ about certain events

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, the 53-year-old said: ‘To all the fans of sfc. I have decided to step aside from my role as an ambassador of SFC. My views are my own and always have been, and it’s important to take this step today to avoid any confusion. 

‘This does not affect my relationship with and love for my club, and I will always remain a fan and supporter of everything Saints. I can, however, see that due to recent events it’s important to separate the work I believe in from my relationship with the club I have supported and played for most of my life.

‘I will see you all at St Mary’s and will always do anything I can to help the club.’

Le Tissier then tried to distance himself from his posts by saying he does 'not advocate war'

Le Tissier then tried to distance himself from his posts by saying he does ‘not advocate war’ 

Earlier on Wednesday in response to his tweet about events in Ukraine, Le Tissier wrote: ‘Let me make something very clear I do not advocate war in any way shape or form I do not advocate anyone taking lives of others and anyone who commits such acts should be dealt with accordingly, any atrocities leave devastating effects on the families of the victims and us all.’

But the vast majority of replies to Le Tissier were not suggesting he was ever advocating or supporting the war in Ukraine. 

His followers were instead dismayed that he was appearing to question the legitimacy of the horrifying reports of Vladimir Putin’s forces slaughtering civilians and dumping their bodies into mass graves.

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