As the end of 2019 approaches, the gaffer Gareth Southgate assesses the last 12 months for the 3 Lions from his perspective. Gareth, at the start of the year, has good expectations going into the new Euro 2020 Qualifying campaign. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Of course, at the start of the year, 3 lions were partly preparing for the Nations League as well so they had a bit of everything in there. But we knew there were some young players that we wanted to start blooding into the team or some more young players anyway.
Our objective is always to keep improving and developing the team while winning matches. We felt it was a qualifying group that we should win, but we didn’t really know the exact level of the opponent. We didn’t probably expect to score the number of goals that we did through the year, that’s for sure.
Indeed. We scored 37 goals in qualifying and the players set the tone right from the off. Gareth Southgate thinks the best comparison is the World Cup qualifying campaign where we played a lot of similar level teams and really struggled to break them down.
We’ve had time now to develop a style of play and attacking patterns which, against that level of opposition, have proved to be devastating. Add into that, we’ve got some very good players and some who are growing in confidence and have the belief they’re going to score when they’re playing for England.
I think those combined have highlighted a high level of performance. We haven’t had the defensive tests, other than in the Nations League games that we were expecting and that we need, but I don’t think anybody can criticize the attacking play. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Play-Off Winner Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
We know we’ll have better defenses to break down next year but you can only beat what’s in front of you, and goals per game, we’ve been the top scorers in Europe. Just how important were those 2 games, Czech Republic and Montenegro, to start the year especially with a big win away from home?
Southgate felt that England needed to get an away win. Montenegro has been a tricky fixture for England down the years. We’ve had two draws there in the past, so that was important for us. Having gone a goal behind, we felt that was a good sign as well.
Then we had the summer with no Qualifiers and other teams would be racking up points, which can add pressure if you start falling four or six points off the lead. So it was important to get off to a good start and the players did really well in those two matches.
England is back in action in 2020 when they play Italy and Denmark at Wembley in March, and you can be there as the Three Lions kick-off their preparations for UEFA EURO 2020 next summer.
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