eskimo joe wrote:I dont understand why it is said or implied that it was a mistake not to take a more experienced player who has gone through it before. We had a whole bunch of them in the past an failed abismally. If anyone can hold their hand up and honestly say they expected us to get this far then i would almost be inclined to say it was a lie.
We now have the foundation for improvement, Southgate appears to have breathed some freshness back into our squad starting from scratch rather than relying on media options and the same old faces', we now learn from this and build upon it.
Southgate himself is , as i am sure he would admit, still learning and hopefully he will have learnt from last nights game, don't lay back on a single goal lead. Also his achilles heal seems to be Sterling, maybe his pace blinds him to his lack of end product. Sterling might aswell be a fly trapped in a glass jar frantically trying to escape through a small hole left in the lid., tries hard flapping about but fails miserably. In him all i see is a glory hunter who would be best served taking a leaf out of Kanes book.
For me, and Sterling exemplifies this a bit, they did look a bit inexperienced and nervous when they kept giving the ball away.. Both Lingard and Alli should have scored and Sterling was too hesitant when he was running them ragged and has lost his confidence a bit. This sort of confidence in big games does indeed come with experience.
HOWEVER, that said...I believe that experience will come by keeping the team together. They will learn from this, if they get into this position again, we can use this to remind them how much it hurt last time and players like Sterling, Alli and Lingard will be more relaxed next time and will then look a lot better.
I believe Germany did a similar thing when their young players came through in 2012 and then won in 2014.
Much better to keep them together and let them grow in confidence than bring back players who have failed at their peak. There is plenty of time for most of them.
Achilles heal for me seemed to be midfield. We were overrun in the second half and will need players like Alli to have more influence