Gareth Southgate admits he didn’t like how England ‘managed’ to ‘save’ the last 15 minutes of their World Cup qualifier over Albania as he insists there are areas the Three Lions can ‘tighten’ ahead of the severe test in Poland.
- Gareth Southgate called out England’s game management after 2-0 Albania win
- The Three Lions boss admitted that his team will need to refine in future games
- Harry Kane and Mason Mount were on the scoresheet with a comfortable win
- England will face Poland on Wednesday, while Southgate urges them to kill teams
Gareth Southgate admitted that his England side still has areas they need to improve despite their relatively comfortable 2-0 World Cup qualifier against Albania.
Harry Kane opened the scoring in the first half, before Mason Mount doubled the lead just after the hour as England moved to a largely quiet victory.
But the Three Lions boss was disappointed that his side failed to finish the game late and left themselves vulnerable to the pressure from Albania.
Gareth Southgate revealed he didn’t like how England saw their 2-0 win over Albania
Harry Kane opened the scoring before Mason Mount doubled the lead in a comfortable win
“It was a difficult throw to move the ball, so we adjusted accordingly,” said Southgate. After about 25 minutes, we changed the shape of the midfield a bit and we looked a lot more dangerous.
‘They were a different formation than the ones they had played in their last 25 games, so I thought we adapted well to that.
We were comfortable for most of the second half. I just thought we had chances at the end of the game to make three and finish the game.
And I didn’t like the way we’ve played the game for the past 15 minutes, rushing forward when we didn’t need to, a throw-in at the end that almost gave us a goal. I am satisfied with the win, but there are areas we can tighten up. ‘
But the English boss was frustrated that his team could not finish the game earlier
Southgate particularly praised Mount and Phil Foden, both of whom stood out with their impressive performances.
It was Chelsea midfielder Mount’s third international goal, while Foden continues to make it difficult for his club or national team to leave him out for 20-year-old Foden.
The English boss said: ‘Both you can see in those games where there is very little space, the way they manipulate the balls in the tight spaces, their vision, they are both a threat to the goal, they work so hard for the team. .
They both pressed well when we lost the ball. I thought our front four were a threat and the longer the game went on, the more likely we would expand the lead. ‘
Southgate praised both Mount and Phil Foden (right) for their pace of work both on and off the ball
The Three Lions boss will see how his team fares on Monday-morning before starting preparations for Wednesday’s game with Poland.
“We’ll have to see how everyone gets through today,” he said. ‘We will look at Poland and see what their game was like.
‘I was happy with the performances, we know we have depth when we need people to freshen up, so we’ll just see everyone come in tomorrow morning.’
England will play against Poland on Wednesday and Southgate hinted that their rotation could be