England threatens historic defeat today
The test match against Switzerland tonight threatens to become a historic low blow for England – coach Gareth Southgate doesn’t care: he wants to rotate strongly.
Gareth Southgate cannot be accused of putting himself too much in the spotlight. And that doesn’t change now, since he could be particularly negative under England’s national coaches perpetuate: At the test match against Switzerland tonight (8.45 pm) in Leicester, England are threatened with their fourth consecutive defeat – something that has never happened before in the association’s long history.
“I’m not concentrating on that,” Southgate stresses completely unimpressed. He doesn’t make decisions to improve his personal record, but to develop the team and especially the young players. “It’s right to give them playing practice. I have to keep a clear head about what the real goals are. Ultimately, we are judged by what happens at the big tournaments.”
Southgate consciously puts the World Cup euphoria at risk
He announced nine personnel changes compared to the 2-1 defeat at the start of the Nations-League against Spain. He wants to give players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) and Fabian Delph (Manchester City), who have hardly or not at all been used by their clubs on the first matchdays, any playing practice – and others a break.
Captain Harry Kane, for example, who recently presented himself to the Spurs but also to the national team in the low form, will be spared against Switzerland. “I think this is a good opportunity,” Southgate explains. Kane has played 61 games since the start of the 2017/18 season. And because you can’t expect the clubs to give their players time to breathe again and again, he has to do the same with the national team. Dele Alli and Jordan Pickford will also be sitting on the bench.
Southgate is also aware that the wave of euphoria around the Three Lions, created by fourth place at the World Cup, could finally be over after another disappointment. “I have no illusions that it will last much longer – if it has lasted at all since Saturday.”