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Gareth Southgate may have lost the audience, but the players of the England national team still believe in him Israel today


Until the 71st minute, the English catastrophe in the Nations League looked to be on the way to another milestone, but 11 magical minutes reminded everyone of the magical days under the disgraced coach • Will he be able to get the train back on track for the World Cup in Qatar?

Gareth Southgate is aware of the growing criticism towards him among English football fans, but at least the players of the English national team have their backs.

Dismissals before the World Cup in Qatar were never on the agenda, but the coach was on the verge of a new low in his six-year tenure when he trailed 2:0 against Germany last night (Monday) in the Nations League meeting at Wembley Stadium.

Questions about the coach's conservative playing style have increased since he led the team to the Euro 2020 final, especially in light of the Englishmen's formidable attacking potential.

Southgate spoke of sticking to what he believes in after Friday's loss to Italy, and he did just that as he lined up in his preferred 4-3-3 formation, continuing to give credit to Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, whose Manchester United shares have recently been falling faster than the British pound.

By the time the game entered the final 20 minutes, Wembley was quiet.

The Germans led, 0:2 and the crowd that came from afar teased the English with "its coming home" songs.

If that wasn't enough, the English nation has gone 565 minutes without a goal in the Nations League.

The Germans celebrate 0:2, photo: AP

But then, the maligned Luke Shaw, Mason Mount, and finally Harry Kane from the penalty spot completed an exciting turnaround - which almost ended in a great victory over the Germans if it weren't for a mistake by goalkeeper Nick Pope that allowed Kai Hubertz to equalize 3:3 in the 87th minute.


Receives endless credit from the coach, photo: Reuters

Meeting with the coach

The leadership group of the England team, which includes Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson, felt comfortable enough to approach the coach and ask him for a private meeting without a professional team to address the team's decline.

"They asked if they could have a meeting themselves to talk about things," Southgate revealed on Monday.

"It wasn't about tactical messages, just getting the train back on track. We have to stay calm, we've been through moments like this before."

Something happened yesterday.

For 11 short minutes, England reminded themselves of the good football they have played under Southgate in recent years.

Despite the bad results, and the fact that his team is placed at the bottom of its house - the coach can take comfort in one fact ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, at least the players, still believe in him.

Harry Kane.

A moment that reminded the English of what they are worth, photo: Getty

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Source: israelhayom

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