Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate slams ‘ridiculous’ defensive mistakes
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – 8:43am
England 5 Kosovo 3
Euro 2020 qualifying group A
Gareth Southgate savaged his players for their “crazy” mistakes despite the fact England put five goals past Kosovo to move closer to Euro 2020 qualification.
Today’s back pages: England are ‘Kosmic’ in attack, terrible in defence
The Three Lions now top group A with 12 points from four matches, three more than the Czech Republic, who lie second after their 3-0 win over Montenegro.
But despite that healthy position, Southgate knows that England have no chance of winning next summer’s championships should they defend in the slipshod way they did at St Mary’s last night.
The Southampton crowd were still taking their seats when Kosovo went one up, Valon Berisha seizing on a blunder by Michael Keane after 34 seconds to give the visitors a dream start.
A nightmare then unfolded for the Kosovans, who came into the game on the back of a 14-match unbeaten run, as England scored five goals in a rollercoaster first half.
Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, an own goal from Mergim Vojvoda and two from teenager Jadon Sancho finished the match as a meaningful contest at half-time.
That, at least, is what the England fans assumed. But more mistakes from the Three Lions, first from Declan Rice and then Harry Maguire, gifted Kosovo two quick goals …read more
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