So Southgate was mainly just going for a point, disappointing we had no urgency to go for a win but slightly encouraging that it should mean he understands what our team should look like from an attacking perspective. Shame though that he doesn’t believe in the team enough to beat Scotland, especially seeing as they had about one very clear cut chance on goal and everything else was either dealt with by the defence or they fluffed their shot completely.
Rice and Phillips is not a midfield partnership for weaker sides, it works against teams like Croatia because of how deep Modric played. Phillips was essentially an advanced defensive midfielder and it shut down their midfield and helped us win possession high up the pitch. Scotland didn’t play like that though and so Phillips was essentially useless because of that, but he was trying to pass the ball forward which Rice failed to do and changes should have been made to take Rice off and play Phillips at DM.
Sterling was very poor today and it must make you wonder what you have to do to get on the pitch if you’re Jason Sancho or Bukayo Saka, because he should have been subbed off. Foden didn’t do a lot but he had moments of bright sparks and that was more than Sterling. Mount too, very poor and I think maybe wanting him to start deep next to a defensive mid is a pipe dream if he can’t get into the game against Scotland. Very good midfield Scotland have mind and I don’t wanna play that down, but you need your midfielders to control the game and that is what we’ve all expected from Mount and haven’t seen it.
I would like to see Bellingham play alongside Phillips at DM, with one of Foden or Mount advanced.
I don’t necessarily mind if Sterling starts the next game but we need to sling him off if he’s not up to scratch.
What was blindingly obvious is that Kane isn’t fit, made zero runs to the ball, was constantly dispossessed or had his passes intercepted. We can’t carry him, needs to be benched and get Calvert-Lewin on up front instead of Rashford.
Overall I want to see more from Southgate, you can say there is logic in going for the win as if we just draw our next game we finish top of the table. Maybe this is good tournament management, maybe he’ll prove that later on, but very underwhelming to watch him settle for a draw in a game where we had no creativity on the pitch.