With Gareth Southgate rewarding five players with their England debut against Germany, it seems as though the new manager’s tactics are a far cry from his predecessors.
After previously expressing his concerns over the lack of Premier League football being played by some of the younger members of his squad, Gareth Southgate surprised everyone by including several youngsters in the recent friendlies versus Germany and Brazil. Rather than tweaking the formula set in place by previous managers, Southgate wasn’t scared to start fresh. By dropping seasoned players such as Chris Smalling, and favouring Joe Gomez over Gary Cahill, Southgate has certainly turned a few heads.
With some fans worried about the changes to the line-up, their confidence was restored after the impressive performances from the new players. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jordan Pickford came out on top during the 0-0 draw against Germany, whilst Joe Gomez was the star man of the match during his full match debut in the second consecutive draw against Brazil.
Even with both games ending in a stalemate, fans used to seeing uninspiring football praised Southgate for his bold choices which created some of the best football England has played in recent years. With a change in the team comes a change in tactics, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Southgate had the team revising soccer drill videos, like those found here https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Soccer/drills.jsp.
Unlike the World Cup qualifiers, the recent friendlies have shown England as an energetic side with a brave manager who is not afraid to make big changes. Alongside Loftus-Cheek, Pickford, Gomez and the two other debut players in the Germany game, Tammy Abraham and Jack Cork, Southgate has also called up even more youngsters into the Three Lions squad. Dominic Solanke, Angus Gunn and Lewis Cook have been added to the team, with Southgate passing up Jack Wilshere in favour of his former Bournemouth team-mate Cook.
Southgate has made it clear that no player is safe, even leaving out Daniel Sturridge who was previously a solid choice for the team. He isn’t just choosing the same, staple players, instead, he is happy to experiment with players who have shown their worth at a junior level. Hopefully, he gets the most out of them before he selects his final team for the 2018 World Cup.