·27 September 2022
·27 September 2022
The visitors took control thanks to strikes from Ilkay Gundogan and Kai Havertz, before Luke Shaw and Mason Mount levelled the scores quickly. Harry Kane looked to have the game won but Havertz doubled his tally to ensure the Germans didn’t fall to defeat.
Questions about Gareth Southgate have begun to pick up pace, with his team selection and tactics under heavy scrutiny as the World Cup is edging ever closer.
Southgate’s inclusion of Harry Maguire in his squad was a surprise given his disastrous start to the season with the Old Trafford outfit that consigned him to the bench.
However, he stuck to his guns and picked the defender, giving him a key role in his side still. But that decision was much to the demise of England in the game, falling 2-0 behind thanks to two howlers from Maguire.
Firstly, he conceded the penalty after Jamal Musiala made him look silly, with the defender then being dispossessed when trying to advance the ball, leading to the Germany counterattack that put them 2-0 ahead.
It appeared that Maguire was playing through an injury, so all the bombardment may be a tad harsh, despite the performance still being representative of how he has played all season.
Fans have clearly had enough of the defender, with one England fan getting his girlfriend to film him analysing the defender during his horror show.
He picks out a moment where Maguire rushed out of defence and left a huge gap to be exploited, which is was, but thankfully it didn’t result in a goal this time, or Maguire could’ve had a hattrick of errors.
At the end of the clip, you can see he is clearly done with the defender, saying: “I can’t believe that this guy is a professional football player. They won’t show this, because there is a media agenda. Somebody, probably Man United has paid the media to not talk about how s**t he is… We’re not winning the World Cup if he plays, thank you.”
It seems crazy that in the past Southgate has said he will pick his team on form and playing time etc, leaving Trent Alexander-Arnold out of his side despite him playing regularly and very well.
To put that into context, the full-back has played 90 minutes (or 120 minutes if the game went to extra-time) in more major finals for Liverpool than he has competitive matches for England. Six finals compared to just five games. That’s six full finals at just 23 years of age, generational.
Obviously Southgate can have his own opinion on who he wants, but to blindly pick players despite their struggles and ignoring better options is baffling, let’s not forget, Fikayo Tomori was a league winner last season, but nowhere to be seen.
Plenty of work has to be done between now and the World Cup.
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