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CHRIS SUTTON: This wasn't the kind of showing that makes you think England will win the World Cup

England coach Gareth Southgate's team was without rhythm and without continuity against Italy

CHRIS SUTTON: Do we just accept this? Gareth Southgate doesn’t play heavy football but a lack of courage and confidence is hurting his team…this was not the kind of performance that makes you think England are going to win the World Cup.

  • England relegated from Nations League A after defeat to Italy
  • Coach Gareth Southgate’s team lacked rhythm and continuity in the match
  • The Three Lions will not win the World Cup playing teams off the pitch
  • England looked more dangerous trying to play on the counterattack
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

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If what Gareth Southgate wanted was a performance, then it wasn’t. It was not the kind of performance that makes you think as a fan that England are going to win the World Cup.

When Southgate plays bigger sides he will go with a defense of three, but it was all pretty lackluster. Whether previous results played into their minds I’m not sure, but there was a real lack of pace and continuity.

They didn’t flow all night. Neither side did. It’s amazing to think that these two were supposedly the best teams on the continent when they reached the European Championship final last year.

England won’t win in Qatar by having teams play off the pitch and they certainly looked more of a threat on the counterattack.

On the plus side, Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham showed some really good touches. Bellingham deserves his chance.

He’s always looking to get on the ball and break down the lines, but England didn’t put him on the ball enough. They will need your bravery and willingness to progress on the pitch in Qatar.

Phil Foden was a bright spark for England as he showed some good times for England.

Phil Foden was a bright spark for England as he showed some good times for England.

Another positive aspect was that England did not concede many important chances. Eric Dier walked in and seemed confident. Starting Bukayo Saka was an interesting call at left back.

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It is a difficult task to go to the other side of the field and I am not saying that I am not capable, but it was a test of the coach that it did not work as he wanted.

I guess the argument is that England looked good defensively, but with the World Cup just two months away, are they playing with enough courage and confidence?

It’s not heavy metal football, but it never has been with Gareth. Do we have to accept this?

Regular winger Bukayo Saka made his first appearance for England at left back.

Regular winger Bukayo Saka made his first appearance for England at left back.

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