“I think we need to play out better. The last [goal] is an element of fatigue… When you’re fatigued, errors happen so I don’t think it’s a case of stopping what we’re doing.”
Last Updated: 06/06/19 11:57pm
Gareth Southgate says England will still play out from the back despite two costly errors in the Nations League semi-final defeat to the Netherlands.
After some VAR intervention, the game was drawn 1-1 after 90 minutes but some sloppy passes from John Stones and Ross Barkley allowed the Netherlands to score twice in extra time and win the semi-final 3-1.
The mistakes raised some questions about England playing out from the back, although Southgate was adamant that it would not stop him from trying to implement it.
“I think we need to play out better. The last [goal] is an element of fatigue. Ross had gone down with cramp just before and when you’re fatigued, errors happen so I don’t think it’s a case of stopping what we’re doing,” he told Sky Sports.
“They are passes our players can play with absolutely no problem but it wasn’t just the two goals, we made errors and gave opportunities away that should have been punished before that. The Dutch pressed very well with real intensity and we weren’t quite as sharp with some of our decision-making.
“I think we’ve learned so much in terms of playing against a top quality team that posed us different problems than we’ve faced in the past. We got to grips with those issues, we had a threat throughout the game and the obvious thing is that we’ve conceded really poor goals.
“At any level, you can’t concede the types of goals we conceded, but we also had a couple of really good opportunities to score. It’s difficult to put it into too much context at the moment because there is so much going through your head in terms of the game.
“I think it is an important game for us as a group to reflect on. The next few days are going to be painful because you get to this point and to lose is a big disappointment for everybody, we had so many supporters here as well, but we’ll dig in and we’ll be stronger from the experience definitely.
“As the manager, you have to lead them through these periods and make sure we dust ourselves down and come back and give a good account of ourselves on Sunday.”
England will now go on to face Switzerland in the third and fourth place play-off game (kick-off at 2pm), live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event, before the final between Portugal and the Netherlands at 7.45pm, also live on Sky Sports.
Should England play out from the back?
Is playing out from the back an issue? Is a lack of dynamic midfielders the problem? Or did England just make stupid mistakes?
Jamie Carragher: “The goals didn’t come from risks and it never came from playing out from the back, it came from stupid decisions.”
Gary Neville: “The deep, embedded problem for English football and England teams is that they had no options to play through midfield.”
Jamie Redknapp: “We’re not saying let’s rip this apart, otherwise you’ve got a major problem, because all the kids are playing out from the back now.”
Nations League live on Sky Sports
You can watch every minute of the Nations League finals live on Sky Sports.
Switzerland vs England – Sunday 9 June from 1.30pm, live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event; Kick-off at 2pm.
Portugal vs the Netherlands – Sunday 9 June from 7pm, live on Sky Sports Footballand Sky Sports Main Event; Kick-off at 7.45pm.
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