Gareth Southgate firmly insisted the cumulative efficiencies of his England gamers was their failure in their 1-1 draw with Hungary instead of any tactical or specific choices.
John Stones’ tap-in counteracted Roland Sallai’s charge at Wembley as the Three Lions stopped working to win a house certifying match for the very first time given that 2012.
Southgate firmly insists that while he’s not delighted with the group efficiency, he requires more time to assess why his gamers weren’t able to overcome Hungary.
“[It was a] disappointing performance. Hungary, full credit to them, they caused us a tactical problem. We weren’t fluid and I didn’t think we played at the level we needed to play, simple as that,” he informed ITV.
“It’s difficult to pinpoint [why England weren’t at that level], obviously we’ll go away and think about the balance of the team a little bit, but I think individually we can be better as well, and I think we made lots of simple mistakes with the ball.”
Southgate decided to begin Mason Mount and Phil Foden in a midfield 3 along with Declan Rice for the very first time, and the trio all looked below-par on Tuesday. But Southgate states that it takes some time for these on-field relationships to establish.
“I think we’ve got to go away and reflect. We shouldn’t just judge things on one game in terms of that sort of experiment because I think right across the board we weren’t sharp with our play, we gave the ball away, we were overrunning things,” he included. “I just think we were underneath it but i think for the first time in a long time we have to hold our hands up to that.”
Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling were withdrawn late on as England entered search of a winner, and when asked if the duo’s sluggish starts to the season at club level had actually rollovered into the global break, Southgate firmly insisted the issues were on the group and not specific gamers.
“I don’t think we should look at individuals because I think collectively we didn’t perform at the level we needed to, and when you have that sort of situation it’s difficult for individuals.”