Southgate upbeat despite England’s defeat to Brazil

Southgate upbeat despite England’s defeat to Brazil. England, one of the favorites for Euro 2024, impressed in spells but lacked a cutting edge against their disciplined opponents at Wembley and had some shaky moments in defence.

Southgate upbeat despite England's defeat to Brazil
England manager Gareth Southgate looks on during Saturday’s friendly at home to Brazil.

Manager Gareth Southgate said that despite Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 result against Brazil, England’s first defeat since the 2022 World Cup, there were “a number of very good performances” from England’s players. ” was praised.

The home team, one of the favorites to win Euro 2024, made a good impression at times, but they lacked the ability to break through against a disciplined opponent at Wembley Stadium, and their defense was unstable at times.

Endrick, a 17-year-old substitute who came on as a substitute, scored in the 80th minute, and it looked like the game was headed for a goalless draw.

The defeat is a huge blow for England manager Southgate, who now has just one game left, against Belgium on Tuesday, before he makes his squad for Euro 2024 in Germany.

“There were a lot of very good performances,” Southgate told Channel 4. “This was a top-level game and we controlled most of it.”

“We had as many shots on goal as they did, but in the end it was this brutal moment that decided the game.”

“We had a lot of players in the team, a few debutants and some individual performances that were really important for us.”

England were without several key players due to injury, including captain Harry Kane and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.

But Newcastle United striker Anthony Gordon impressed on his debut, while Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa and Manchester United’s teenage midfield prodigy Koby Mainu earned their first caps as substitutes. obtained.

“Tonight was the best day of my life,” Gordon told the British Broadcasting Corporation. “I imagined it would be a little different with wins and goals. I thought we were the better team, but at the end of the day, we just didn’t have as much penetration as they did.”

“This has been my dream for a long time. Reaching out to him means everything to me.”

He added, “We have to find a way to kill the team and put them to the sword when the opportunity arises.”

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