England are transferring ahead at Euro 2020 because of a protected method however they’ve to attain targets to win the whole lot
LONDON – Gareth Southgate found a way for England to win Group D at Euro 2020. Now he has to find a way to win the entire tournament.
England’s performances at Euro 2020, which continued with Tuesday’s 1-0 win over the Czech Republic, may have shown an unexpectedly high level of pragmatism. Rather than exploiting a squad’s full attack potential and myriad of forward options, Southgate has tried to protect its weakest link – the defense – with a more conservative handling of the ball and greater positional discipline than many expected.
Despite grumbling about the aesthetics, it’s hard to argue with the results. Raheem Sterling scored the only goal that brought England seven points out of a possible nine and another shutout; The Three Lions as a team have cleared their first three games in a major tournament for the first time since 1966.
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Obviously we all know what happened this year, but for England to follow in the footsteps of the World Cup winners there must be a certain amount of development in their game. The Group D win is an achievement, but the prize will be a round of 16 tie against France, Germany or Portugal – they all got the pulse racing in a group that admittedly has a much lower margin of error than England’s surpassed with victory on Tuesday.
There were early signs of this development against the Czechs. The setup was made more difficult by the fact that Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell had to self-isolate after they were considered close contacts with Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for COVID-19 after the 0-0 draw here at Wembley on Friday has been.
Mount’s prominence in England’s opening games may have influenced Southgate’s decision to switch teams, but the inclusion of Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka still satisfied the desire of many fans and pundits to refresh the co-hosts with more obvious flair options for an attack that was against the bulkheads looked incoherent. Saka’s inclusion against Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho came as a bit of a surprise, but the Arsenal winger fully justified his selection by bringing in precisely the purpose and positive attacking play that had been absent four days earlier.
Saka was an integral part of England’s brilliant start, with England slamming into the wood early for the third game in a row when Sterling lifted a shot over Czech goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik only to hit his left post. Then he drove forward England and dug up a cross that kept Grealish alive by exchanging passports with Harry Kane, who looked more like the old self than there was more movement around him. Grealish then stood his own cross on the back post where Sterling dodged his marker and nodded his second Euro 2020 goal home.
Kane, Grealish and England were extremely conservative in Tuesday’s win against the Czech Republic and while this approach helped them get to the top of Group D in the first place, they need to be more sensitive to win the competition. Carl Recine – Pool / Getty Images
Grealish and Luke Shaw combined well on the left. There have been occasions when Kyle Walker took on a similar position to the times when Manchester City had the ball and drifted into central midfield to build attacks and yes there was room but England made good use of it.
That was until the second half. England were apparently content to end the game with an increasingly conservative approach to possession, which was compounded by Southgate’s substitutions by introducing Jordan Henderson at halftime with an eye on the last 16. The more offensive introductions by Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were also to be treated with caution.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a safe approach at this stage, especially given the confused preparation for Euro 2020, with players leaving club engagements too late and others returning after injuries. England’s waste of possession and poor tournament management were common mistakes Southgate knows well from his time as a player and five years as a coach.
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Tournaments are not won in the group stage, only the group itself, and England did it. It remains to be seen whether Southgate will continue from here, but England is unlikely to face any of the more lauded opponents they can face.
Harry Maguire looked confident on his first appearance for Manchester United or England since May 9 after an ankle injury. Maguire’s presence could encourage Southgate to switch to a back three for next week’s round of 16 game, while Saka and Grealish up ahead will test the 50-year-old’s long-standing principle of picking players by form rather than historical reputation. It is not yet clear what their best team are and while this gives England a degree of unpredictability, it also makes it absolutely imperative to prepare the entire week for their return to Wembley next Tuesday in front of an increased crowd of 45,000 .
“The first is that having a few days to relax the players is great as some of them have been quite stressed for the last week or so at the end of a very long season,” Southgate said.
“We have to be careful not to overdo the work on the training field. But the difference for the next game compared to this morning where we wanted to change our defense and we didn’t go to a training field to do it, we had to do it in Kudos to the players who adjusted without the ball like they did tonight.
“Of course you always want training time: As international managers, we don’t have that, and because of the complications at the beginning of our training camp with the whole group, we hardly had any benefit from it. It’s nice to have something like it looks, except for the two guys who isolate themselves, and once we know who our opponents are, it will definitely help. “
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They certainly have to offer a little more in the future, regardless of who they are facing. England’s expected goals in the second half were 0.00: giving that much momentum to a top team is a risky endeavor. They also had the fewest chances (17) of all the teams in their group: Scotland, which was bottom, finished 28, Croatia 24 and the Czech Republic 22.
Perhaps the dismay at their accomplishments in some areas stems from the distance between how intoxicating the team can look on paper (with various permutations) and the moderation they have shown up to this point. But Southgate has achieved its first major goal. The next one – winning a knockout round against a real heavyweight – is one of the toughest around, especially as the team is still taking shape.
When asked by ESPN if he knew his ideal line-up for the last 16, Southgate replied, “In the past 12 months, every time I’ve written a team sheet more than two days before a game, something has changed, no, we’ll watch the games tomorrow, we’ll see how everyone is doing when we get back to St. George’s and the next few days of recovery and then it goes on.
“What is clear is that in the last four weeks or so we have been able to grow some areas of the team closer to what we think is full force because the players were late or made it to the European finals.” bring them onto the field of play after an injury or lack of fitness.
“I always felt that we had to grow into this tournament in terms of selection.”
We have a tremendous week ahead of us in that regard.