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Arrogance and Passivity - Can Gareth Southgate Solve England's Crisis?

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Following England’s disastrous relegation in the Nations League, Sports Mole looks at the problems Gareth Southgate faces ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

“Personally, I thought the performance was a step in the right direction. It was a reaction-less result, so I completely understand.”

If Gareth Southgate You mentioned a crushing 4-0 defeat to Hungary in June, but a 1-0 defeat at home to the European champions can be seen as a step in the right direction. but, England Managers who claim every defeat is “a step in the right direction” are preparing for wave after wave of violence.

Just 15 months ago, the waistcoat marvel took England men’s team to the Euro 2020 final and received a personal good luck message from the deceased queen elizabeth II, and was on the verge of becoming a “Sagareth” with the Continental Medal on his neck.

I wasn’t going to Wembley, but the optimism was at its best in years. Three of his Lions his academy produced a wealth of attacking talent and the team kept his five clean sheets in the Euros, and Worlds whispers of his cup glory began to circulate through the fanbase.

With England only three months away from Qatar and Iran, the United States and Wales waiting for them in Group B, a weak exit from Nations League A is what Southgate and his team are preparing for. It’s not the recipe for success you were hoping for.

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Five games. Zero wins. Scored 1 goal. England’s time in the top divisions of the Nations League will unsurprisingly come to an end with relegation to League B at the end of the current cycle.

The 1-0 defeat was the first time England have kept a clean sheet in three games in a row since 2000, and one of only two teams in the entire competition to keep a clean sheet in five games. other? San Marino.

Not only that, but the Three Lions also set a five-game scoreless streak for the first time since 1992, matching a dismal feat last posted in 1985.

Beating Albania and Andorra one after another for fun, or even achieving double digits against the ill-fated San Marino, they have failed to score even a single goal from open play in five Nations League matches. That means nothing less than a big change. 5th largest country in the world.

Harry KaneThe 88th-minute penalty against Germany on 7 June was the only time the Three Lions have managed to make a net stir in their doomed Nations League campaign, and it will be against Dy Manschaft at Wembley on Monday. has a welcome ending.

Pinpointing exactly where England’s problems lie is worryingly difficult. When Southgate made a dejected appearance on the sidelines of his Sun Siro, in a suit he had boots up to nine inches, my partner jokingly said that the waistcoat’s banishment was three of his Lions. claimed to be the cause of the crustal movement of

Harry Maguire of England, 23 September 2022© Reuters

She may have gotten onto something — clothes make a man, of course — and Southgate says she got used to it while the 52-year-old Three Lions supporter ruled the reins. I chose a group of XI players who never changed.

#SouthgateOut No single squad or first XI picks will be made where the brigade is out of power. It was the same when the September Party was named. Harry Maguire When Jarrod Bowen – their club is out of order – nodded Ben White When James Madisoneven the wounded Jordan Henderson chosen instead Calvin Phillips before Southgate considered calling up Leicester City’s playmakers.

Accomplishments are well deserved – Maguire is not a problem against Italy and very rarely the color of England. The extra protection provided by two centre-backs and a defensively minded player make up for the shortcomings that have seen him lose his position. Eric Ten Hugside.

Eric Dyer It also showed why he deserves to be recalled to the England squad, Kyle Walker A questionable call from Southgate, who had just seen the Manchester City man back from injury, appeared to be from the off.

Rust may have affected him when Walker allowed Giacomo Raspadori It will be difficult to outsmart him and bring home an Italian winner on Friday night. Fikayo Tomori Both are eagerly awaiting international match time.

However, England were desperate for a creative spark in the final third of the field. Their attack sequences were passive and predictable, and he only had four shots in target the entire game.

Jude Bellingham in action with the England squad on 23 September 2022© Reuters

England’s lowest score in a World Cup since 1950 is two (achieved in the 1950 and 2014 editions) and the Euro’s lowest since 2000, when compared to previous goals scored in major competitions. It was 4 points. His first two Nations League campaigns for the Three Lions, both times he finished with seven strikes.

Jude Bellingham He was one of the best players in the white coat at San Siro. He drew 5 fouls, 2 keys. He made passes and always picked up the ball with purpose. But Borussia is limited in what the Dortmund star boy can do on his own.

Despite retaining his right wing position at Arsenal and being named England’s Player of the Year 2021-22 for his performances in his field, Saka Bukayo He returned to the role of left-wing back and dabbled briefly while still a teenager.

The 21-year-old’s struggles at San Siro have only given his critics ammunition, but throwing Saka into that unfamiliar role is a big deal. Luke Shaw When Kieran Trippier It was nothing but a foolish act for both to wait in the wings.

Moreover, there was certainly no need for Aaron Ramsdale When Dean Henderson both occupy a spot on the bench Ivan Tony I couldn’t even stop the team completely. The Brentford man has shown his ability to score a wide range of goals in the Premier League, doing everything in his power to secure his senior international debut.

Ivan Tony in action at Brentford on 18th September 2022© Reuters

There’s no reason Tony shouldn’t be wearing an England shirt against Germany, but as a longtime Southgate critic points out, the former Middlesbrough manager tends to stick with tried and tested players in any way. They are playing at the club level.

in the case of Trent Alexander-ArnoldThe Liverpool man sticks out like a thumb in the Reds’ bad start to the season, but knowing Liverpool’s start to the week is all but guaranteed, it’s worth it. He can sleep in peace.

But England and their plethora of right-back options is another story.stats from Transfermarkt Alexander-Arnold has played the role only four times for Liverpool and seven times for England. One of them, he scored a hat-trick assist in the 10-0 victory over San Marino.

when Phil Foden Able to launch his usual tricks in half-space, it’s incredibly difficult to quell the Manchester City youth, but such performances are reserved purely for. Pep Guardiolaslick Manchester City machine. Marcus Rashford When Jadon Sancho This season saw heat rise at the club level, but the former missed out on the selection of the month due to injury, and Sancho was completely overlooked.

After Monday’s game against Germany, Southgate didn’t get a chance to see him play before Qatar. No England player in this golden age reaches the peak of their careers without holding an international trophy, and Southgate plays a big role in that.

If a player is to demonstrate class in a particular position at the club and avoid being dropped in England, Southgate would prefer that position rather than testing in a different area of ​​the field and hoping all goes well. Gotta find a way to get there, okay.

Dealing with a thorough number 10 wouldn’t hurt the Three Lions, but if England failed to deliver again when it mattered on the biggest stage, Thomas Tuchel When Mauricio Pochettino It could be one of those men threatening Southgate’s hitherto unthreatened era.

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