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Friday, 7 June 2019

Southgate defends England’s ‘uncharacteristic’ errors vs Netherlands

England lose out to the Netherlands

England’s hopes of lifting the first ever Nations League trophy blew up in smoke in pretty calamitous fashion on Thursday.

Gareth Southgate’s side took on the Netherlands to determine who would face Portugal in the final this coming Sunday.

England did not start too brightly but still managed to take the lead in the 32nd minute from the penalty spot.

The Netherlands would eventually equalise in the 73rd minute through Matthijs de Ligt, there wasn’t too much wrong with that goal except maybe England could have had a man on the post.

Gareth Southgate

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Gareth Southgate, England manager talks to media during an England Squad Announcement at St Georges Park on September 28, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

England collapse late in the game

The Netherlands’ 2nd and 3rd goals however, were a complete shambles from England.

Seven minutes into extra times John Stones had the ball at the back and was holding it at his feet for far to long.

He then proceeded to turn around into a Dutch player who got a shot off at Jordan Pickford.

Pickford saved the shot but the loose ball was eventually put into England’s own net by Kyle Walker.

Ross Barkley would commit a similar blunder later into the game, passing a ball into England’s box for Memphis Depay to run on to and square to Quincy Promes.

Southgate backs England’s style

After two huge errors led to England’s downfall, Southgate has moved to defend both England’s style of play and the two players who made the errors:

 “I’m asking my defenders to play in a way that puts them under huge pressure at the back. If we didn’t play that way, we wouldn’t have got to the semi-finals we’ve got to in the last year. And we’d never progress to being a top team.

“But we made too many mistakes in our final third, partly as a result of their pressure but also by errors by us. When you’re fatigued mistakes happen and the mistakes were from passes our players can play with no problem.

“I have to support John because he’ll get horrible criticism for that mistake but he and Harry Maguire take huge strain on their shoulders and are incredibly courageous to do that.

“We didn’t lose because of how we want to play. The errors were uncharacteristic really, and not errors we’d normally make. It wasn’t risk. It was poor execution and fatigue, certainly with the last one, because Ross had just gone down with cramp moments before.”As quoted by the Guardian.

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