ANALYSIS: Croatia full-backs punish Southgate stasis

Alan O’Brien¬†

This was to be Gareth Southgate’s greatest test yet. After a facile route to the semi-final, throughout which England’s 3-3-2-2 was never seriously tested, the question was this: could Southgate adjust when the going got tough? The answer, after an enthralling clash with Croatia, is an emphatic no. Continue reading

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ANALYSIS: Panama pasting papers over the cracks in Southgate’s system

Alan O’Brien¬†

Even the most facile of victories can harbour harbingers of future failure. So it proved for England, who coughed up four quality chances to tactically inept Panama. Continue reading