Ebene News – USA and England win but Stones’ latest mistake won’t alleviate existing defensive concerns

Craig Burley of ESPN FC says the England midfielder could be an Achilles heel for them this summer (1:12)

The 26-year-old was hoping to allay any lingering fears, he remains error-prone after fully earning his call to England squad following excellent form with Manchester City Injuries permitting, Stones remains the favorite to start England’s Euro 2020 opener against Croatia alongside Harry Maguire, but as was the case on Wednesday in a 2-1 win. against Poland, his reliability in the greatest moments has yet to be taken on confidence

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It’s important to remember Southgate won’t see their latest mistake in isolation England left the 2019 Nations League semi-finals after a similar mistake against the Netherlands – adding to a growing catalog – and although Stones survived to earn one more call, he was then kicked out of the setup for 16 months as he disappeared down the pecking order in City

Pep Guardiola’s side are set to regain the Premier League title in large part thanks to the Stones’ remarkable resurgence, and even after a mistake here at Wembley, the center-back has partly atoned by fending off the corner of Phil Foden in the 85th minute for Harry Maguire to hit the roof of the net and spare England the blushes

“Every player is going to make mistakes in the games and sometimes they will be punished and sometimes not What you are looking for is that reaction and see how they react It would be easy to fold in these times and John didn’t have it. not done It was an important factor for us to stay in the game, his reaction and it was important that the whole team showed that kind of response

“He had a good season and he made a mistake tonight, he knows it but he bounced back during the game and he has to keep doing it”

But Southgate already has concerns about the fragility of England’s defense – which is why he opted for a 3-5-2 system at the 2018 World Cup and explains in a big way part using a 3-4 -2-1 form several times since – and Stones offering Poland their equalizer won’t do much to allay those fears

Retrieving the ball from goalkeeper Nick Pope, Stones turned and took a heavy touch, allowing Jakub Moder to take the ball away from him. Substitute Arkadiusz Milik slipped a pass to Moder, who shot an equalizer in front of the Pope

England deserves to be congratulated for finding a way to win, but just like they needed a set piece to produce a winner – their reliance on dead balls was borderline of excess in Russia – they demanded a soft penalty to take the lead in the first place Raheem Sterling entered the box and fell under minimal contact from Michal Helik, and Kane converted the next kick in the 19th minute for his 34th goal in England

Despite all their lively attacking play – Foden, Mason Mount and Kane combined superbly on more than one occasion – England were unable to translate their first-half superiority to the score. more significantly

And when Poland improved, emboldened by that equalizer, England worked Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland apply studious attention to detail to every facet of the game and so it was surprising to see them engaged in a long conversation – apparently suffering from inertia – during a sustained second period in which this match threatened to develop far from them

It’s tempting to think that maybe it was well done if Robert Lewandowski had played With Bayern Munich striker missing due to a knee injury, Poland lacked the power to capitalize on their increased possession

England started to look a bit tired Ten of this starting lineup also started Sunday’s 2-0 win over Albania and it showed the return of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish will improve Southgate’s options, but it seemed revealing that he didn’t turn to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jesse Lingard, Ollie Watkins or Jude Bellingham when the team needs to recharge.

The England manager has tough choices to make, all the more painful as managing the knowledge team will be more vital this summer than ever given the cumulative fatigue resulting from a condensed domestic schedule due to COVID-19 England have usually suffered from fatigue in the second half of the tournament’s matches. Former Three Lions boss Sven-Goran Eriksson summed it up better: “The first half is good, the second half is good. is not so good”

Southgate and Holland have devised a specific plan to counter this ahead of Russia – giving players a week off in a phased strategy depending on when a player’s commitments at the club end – but there is nothing left that three weeks between the last round of Premier League matches and England first Match participation in Champions League and Europa League finals will further narrow the gap

“We will always seek to do so That they can go away is of course highly unlikely But I think they need a period of rest,” Southgate said when asked about pre-Euro preparations

“Psychologically they would need that rest. Under normal circumstances there are clearly potentially five or six attacking players that we could have refreshed the team [with] over the course of the three games Even though 45 minutes in Game 1 may seem like nothing, as you near the end of Game 3, all of these things take their toll.

“We knew these were important qualifiers, we had to push We have recovered and treated the players in the best possible way, but next summer we will have more options to refresh during matches and bring the changes that will allow us to run the team a little more This is going to be the key “

It’s easy to only look inward to discuss England’s shortcomings given the national thirst for tournament success, but Germany provided important context on the same night here, losing 2- 1 at home against North Macedonia England avoided such an embarrassment last week, sending San Marino, Albania and Poland two points clear at the top of Group I World Cup qualifying and getting on track for the qualification

But Southgate will not be judged on this point Instead, England must build on the progress they have undoubtedly made and at the center of that will be finding a defense capable of withstanding more difficult tasks than this

The debate continues over his top full-backs with Ben Chilwell selected ahead of Luke Shaw, Kyle Walker edging out Reece James, Kieran Trippier an unused replacement and Trent Alexander-Arnold completely ruled out The center-back remains uncertain too and so close to the final it’s really not ideal

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Ebene News – USA – England win but the last mistake of Stones won’t alleviate existing defensive concerns

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