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The most surprising figure of Euro 2024. Why does everyone hate England coach Southgate?

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 13:40:06

The most surprising Euro 2024 stat: Why does everyone hate England manager Southgate?

Grigory Telingater June 25, 2024, 07:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

It is a rare case that people get angry with Gareth even with good results.

“There is a lot of noise, a lot of resentment, as if we have lost twice,” says England winger Jarrod Bowen. These words best convey the mood that prevails in the team. It seems like nothing bad happened. The England team occupies first place in the group and is very likely to advance to the playoffs from first place. In the last round we will play against Slovenia, the weakest team in the group. He is at least in the top three from the bottom among all Euro 2024 participants in terms of squad cost. Opta analysts also ranked Slovenia among the three weakest teams in the tournament. That is to say, the British have nothing to worry about. A draw with Denmark was an acceptable result. But this is clearly not the case.

Group C table

The main complaint against the England team is football itself. There are different ways to win with a score of 1:0. The Spanish simply destroyed the Italians, who were not defeated only thanks to luck and Gianluigi Donnarumma. But the British rather tortured their victory over Serbia. After the game there was another wave of discontent. And the draw with Denmark added reasons for criticism. The Frankfurt match ended with the crowd whistling and it was clear which team it was aimed at.

England manager Gareth Southgate remains the main target of outrage. First of all, the paradox is alarming: with such a constellation of offensive players, the team plays cautiously from defense. The pressure is barely noticeable and the team is in a low block. This in itself is repulsive. And many national team players play in unusual positions. We are talking about Kieran Trippier, Phil Foden and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The latter has experience playing in midfield, but that is definitely not his basic position (especially in defense).

Trent Alexander-Arnold plays in an unusual position

Photo: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

According to The Athletic, Southgate will start Conor Gallagher in place of Trent in the next match. This was indirectly indicated by the coach’s statement after the match with the Danes. Gareth said there is no natural replacement for Kalvin Phillips in the team. These words provoked a lot of ridicule, but to a certain extent the specialist can be understood. He played with this particular defensive player for years.

And then Morten Julmann scored from long range, an obvious mistake by Jordan Pickford. But it is also strange that no one stopped the striker’s blow. All the English players were on his third, but they were so close to his goal that the Dane was too comfortable to shoot. It turned out that Trent was one of four Englishmen who kept two forwards. He probably he should have acted better.

Goal by Morten Julmann

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It must be remembered that Southgate not only rejected Phillips, but also Jordan Henderson. At least he had playing experience, albeit at Al-Ittifaq/Ajax. He also continued to be an important person for the locker room and helped resolve delicate situations. For example, it was Henderson who quelled the conflict between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez at training camp. Although what surprised him even more was not the final list of those who will go to Euro 2024, but rather who is in the starting eleven.

Even in the second match, Cole Palmer, the Premier League’s season leader in goals + passes (22 + 11), did not appear on the field. As a rule, the best in the English Championship in this indicator is not an Englishman. Apparently, who should be released as a substitute if not him? In addition, Cole played as a starter in the two friendlies prior to Euro 2024. Palmer’s absence is one of Wayne Rooney’s 12 complaints against the English coach (the full list is here).

Cole Palmer is the leader in assists in the Premier League this season.

Photo: Alex Pantling/Getty Images

It turns out that Southgate has maintained the image of a man who does not solve problems, but creates them. It is generally accepted that the English team achieves success not thanks to the coach, but in spite of him. What happens to Southgate at Euro 2024 is his eight full years in miniature. They are not bad results (2018 World Cup semi-finals, 2020 Euro finals, 2022 World Cup quarter-finals), but they are boring football. For big teams, only a title can justify a mediocre performance.

This is Southgate’s fourth attempt. Apparently, the latter.

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