England coach Gareth Southgate uses ‘strange story’ as fuel
England head coach Gareth Southgate has come under a huge barrage of criticism after the Three Lions spent a terrifying month under his leadership, prompting the nation’s top boss to speak out about his comments. Stories have already begun to build around his tenure as well as the team’s.
Southgate vows to use criticism as World Cup fuel amid ‘strange story’
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This happens after England shame in a Losing 4-0 at Molineux last night against Hungary In front of the home team’s support on the field of Wolves, this is the second time in ten days that the national team is empty-handed before Magyars.
It was the fourth game in a row where England failed to get three points in a UEFA Nations League tie in Group A, with the other two results being a 1-1 draw against Germany in Munich and a 0-0 draw against Italy. , also at Molineux, England scored only one goal in 360 minutes of football.
England are now the last dead in their Nations League grouping, and although the World Cup in Qatar is five months away, the question continues to be asked about whether Southgate is the right man for the job.
Hungary scored four goals from just five shots on target against England.
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But Southgate has intends to use recent criticism and ‘strange stories’ as fuel for the mid-season tournament starting in November.
“Does it make Qatar any sweeter? Well, no, you know, success in Qatar no matter what happens is going to be very sweet.”
“Of course, I will use it as fuel. Because when you are frustrated and you read negative and feel moody, you of course want to fight and prove people wrong. But I’ve been doing it all my life, so I don’t get more motivated just for a night like tonight.”
“I know nights like this can happen. They are not comfortable. They are not interesting. I have seen it with other people. But they are the reality of football. I’ve found the 10 days to be narratively weird, just as the last Nations League was weird because I thought the context was clear. And I did not agree with all that was proposed”.
For a country rated as one of the likely favorites in Qatar, England certainly didn’t consider it late after comfortably beating their World Cup qualifier before beating both Switzerland (2-1) and Ivory Coast (3-0) in a match. of friendlies back in March.
Noted by the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka, the fact is that England have only scored a single goal against reliable Germany and Italy, and a kit outfitted Underrated by Hungary, questions can certainly arise if Southgate’s tactical scheme will stand the test of time ahead of the World Cup.
Even so, England are still on the hunt to strike the right tactical balance according to Southgate, who appears undisturbed by recent criticism and remains confident moving forward.
“…And I think some look forward to seeing an open game… we saw tonight that you have to have the right balance of a team. And you have to make the right decisions. And with a club, maybe if you’re at the top, and you’ve had a long time working with the players, you can play a more expensive game.”
“But I think even the top teams, they defend well, they convert well, the balance of everything is fine. So I think the idea that we can play a lot of attacking players and rely on talent to win games, that’s not the way. And, you know, it was a reminder to myself tonight in the second half that it’s okay, it’s a gamble. You take a gamble trying to win the game because you think it’s important. But what has happened can happen.”