The Three Lions began their game against Croatia on Sunday, but the coach warned that they must be in better form than the game against Romania on Sunday.
Gareth Southgate warned that England had “a lot of work” to do before the first game of the 2020 European Cup and emphasized that their defense is a key area that needs improvement.
After defeating Austria last week, the Three Lions defeated Romania 1-0 in the last friendly match before the start of the game on Sunday.
Southgate’s team will play against Croatia at Wembley on June 13 to kick off their European Cup 2020 journey. The coach is worried that they are still not good enough in some aspects.
What did you say?
“I don’t like us who didn’t have the ball in the first half, but that was the whole team. From the frontcourt,” Southgate told reporters when asked about the team’s defensive work.
“We have no discipline in the defensive style. Our recovery is not running well enough. This means that the midfield is stretched and the defenders have too many decisions to make.
“They have to enter a space they shouldn’t enter.
“There is no doubt that we can improve this. I also have to make the team aware that we have made a lot of changes, we must retain some players and provide others with the playing time they need.
“There is still a lot of work to be done on the training ground. There is no doubt that we cannot give up the many opportunities we have done. [against Romania] And do not expect to be punished.
“We can improve all the small details in the two performances we have. We were able to learn a lot of lessons from the first game and provide them to [Sunday’s game]. You know, some details about discipline and defensive settings. “
Southgate did not confirm the starting lineup
The England coach is willing to change his starting lineup throughout the game to adapt to the opponent’s strength.
He added: “The best team to play against Croatia may not be the best team to play against Scotland. We have to make sure that we make the right decision.
“Of course it’s me and Steve [Holland] We have closely monitored these players for 12 months, so although we have learned something from these games, we have also seen something in these games over a longer period of time.
“So we are not surprised by things. These games have confirmed this for us.
“I leave and have my own personal thoughts, but all my coaches are the same. We get together to discuss these things, we discuss them repeatedly, and test the robustness of any decisions we make.
“But we still have a week of training to pass.
“In the past 12 months, every time I wrote a team on a piece of paper, I had to take out the rubber pencil and replace it because we lost people. So I hate using ink pens.
“Hopefully we can avoid any injury or illness issues in the next few days.”
Who will England face in the 2020 European Cup?
After playing against Croatia, England will face Scotland on June 18.
Then they will end the group stage against the Czech Republic on June 22.