Southgate England should not be ‘football snobs’ at Euros


LONDON: England manager Gareth Southgate said his players should not be “football snobs” and can feel comfortable about hitting long balls out of defence if the opposition is pressing high up the pitch at the European Championship.

England kicked off their Euro campaign with a 1-0 win over Croatia on Sunday and the game featured a first-half disagreement between defender John Stones and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Stones wanted to build from the back, while Pickford preferred to play it long towards forward Harry Kane.

“I think they were just deciding (what to do),” Southgate said after Sunday’s win.

“We give them possible patterns depending on how the opposition are pressing.

“There was a spell where we went long and we just talked about that at halftime.

“We didn’t want to do that every time. But there are moments to go longer.

“We’ve got a centreforward (in Kane) who wins more (than) his share of the ball.

“And we shouldn’t be football snobs. It’s great to play out from the back and get to the halfway line in control of the ball, but it’s just as effective to go to the centre forward and be in control of the ball and be able to play from there.”

England face Scotland, who lost 2-0 to Czech Republic in their opener, in their next Group D game on Friday. — Reuters

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Euro Mania 2020 , Football

   

Next In Football

Soccer-England women to play first competitive game at Wembley in October
Soccer-Real Madrid's new boy Alaba tests positive for COVID-19
Soccer-Fans to return for Portuguese Super Cup
Soccer-Bordeaux name Petkovic as head coach on three-year contract
Soccer-Man United agree deal to sign Real centre back Varane
Soccer-Man Utd defender Telles to miss start of season
Soccer-Lee Carsley appointed England U-21 manager with Ashley Cole as assistant
Soccer-Spurs defender Alderweireld signs for Qatari side Al Duhail
Soccer-Judge annuls 2018 election of Brazil soccer head Caboclo
Soccer-Man Utd agree fee to sign Real defender Varane - reports

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers