Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

England: Gareth Southgate says heat was main factor in defeat

World Cup 2022

England: Gareth Southgate says heat was main factor in defeat

England boss Gareth Southgate believes that heat was the main factor behind their Nations League defeat to Hungary in Budapest. Dominik Szoboszlai scored the only goal of the game for the hosts in the 67th minute. The match was watched by more than 30,000 fans who booed the England players for taking a knee before the match. Jarrod Bowen was the most threatening player for the home side on his debut.

“I think we knew it was going to be a very difficult game. We’ve had difficult games with them, with Hungary, as other big nations have had. They’re very difficult to break down,” England boss Gareth Southgate said. “We probably lacked a half-yard I would say, in terms of our real incisiveness. I think that was more the heat than the length of the season. The other factor is, that we haven’t played together for three months and we have had three games in six months.”

“Across these four games, we are trying to balance having a look at things, finding out about players, and trying to win,” he added. “Maybe I didn’t quite get the balance of that right today but we’ve learned a lot from it and I have to accept you are not going to win matches and you’ve got to ride the criticism that comes from it with the learning that should help us further down the line. We are disappointed because if we’re going to be a team that gets to the final stages of a World Cup, these are the types of games that we have to win. We have a pretty good idea of what our strongest team probably is now. Quite a few of those players are coming not from ideal preparation.”

Also, Read Italy: Giorgio Chiellini Eyes Up ‘Beautiful’ Retirement

Written By

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Newsletter FREE !

You May Also Like

Match Updates

Real Madrid advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals by crushing Atalanta 3-1 (1-0) in a replay on Tuesday at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium...

Football News

Bayern Munich’s new away kit for the coming season has been announced, with the German champions going for an eye-catching black and gold look...

Football News

In Arsenal’s Saturday afternoon defeat at Brighton, Matteo Guendouzi has avoided a FA ban for an altercation with Neal Maupay. Guendouzi and Maupay niggled...

Football News

Former learner Milan manager Roberto Mancini argued that Zlatan Ibrahimovic must be treated as highly regarded as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi and...