London (AFP) – England’s manager Gareth Southgate turned to the “missing part” of the country as he aimed for the glory of the World Cup in 2022.
England was rejected the first major trophy since 1966 when it lost the Euro 2020 final in a penalty shootout against Italy in July.
That tragic defeat at Wembley came three years after England lost to Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semifinals.
However, Southgate’s men returned in search of silverware after a brief entry into the 2022 World Cup.
England heads to Qatar as one of my favorites. Southgate knows that winning a trophy limits his impressive governance.
“We went to Russia in 2018 because we didn’t win the knockout game for 10 years, and that was our first goal,” Southgate told Sky News.
“Now we are in a position to advance to the finals. We have turned many historical records and created our own moments of history, so what we lack is the trophy. Yes, it’s incredibly difficult, but we have the belief that we can do it.
“I know there are other teams. Frankly, there are two teams (Italy and Portugal) that have reached the playoffs where they can win the trophy, so the level is very high and between the top teams. But it’s pretty.
“We feel we have good players, but we know that other teams also have good players … we know the level is high, but we are in the group of that team. I feel like I am. “
Southgate has been criticized for its cautious tactics and substitutions in the Euro 2020 final, but has been highly praised for transforming England after decades of unachieved achievements.
At the time, he described the final defeat as a stomach breach, but now he is more lovingly looking back at the euro’s move.
“I think this was a great year,” he said. “As part of this year, it’s always in our heads, in the finals and not crossing the line, but logically as a coach in progress as a team, the last two Qualifying campaign was top-European scorer.
“I think we have the best defensive record in the world in the last 12 months or so. It was a great performance for the players as we were 22 minutes late in 19 games this year.
“They dealt with the pressure of staying home in big tournaments. As seen from other well-known countries, they were able to qualify for the World Cup.
“Many young players have much stronger and much more experienced experience. That’s the missing part to win the final.”
– Soccer Sports
Southgate chases England’s “missing part” in the year of the World Cup
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