Gareth Southgate defends resting England players for 'biggest game for a decade'

Gareth Southgate defends resting England players for 'biggest game for a decade'

I don't think mentally we lose anything because they know we've made changes and they know Belgium weren't their full team.

On a mission: England manager Gareth Southgate wasn't too anxious by his team's loss to Belgium. That's why we are here. "We lost once, and the others were a draw and, going back before that, Sweden have beaten England in big games".

England manager Gareth Southgate stood by his decision to make eight changes and rest most of his regular World Cup starters as his reserves fell to a 1-0 defeat to Belgium in their group-stage finale on Thursday.

"I'm a little surprised because everybody seems to be happy in England, thinking they are now on the right side of the World Cup draw because they've avoided the half with Brazil", said Eriksson, who believes his countrymen will see off Switzerland to set up the showdown with England.

Two weeks on and the last 16 awaits, with England's A team unbeaten.

He added: "We don't like losing and don't want to lose matches, but the primary objective from the evening we've got".

"During my time with England we met [Sweden] four times". Ask Wikipedia if you're not sure why.

Trae Young taken No. 5 by Dallas, traded to Atlanta Hawks
The Dallas Mavericks' big draft-day trade has already been met with approval from one of their key players. Numerous players selected in Thursday night's Draft will be on display next month in NBA Summer League .

Clinical India humiliate Ireland by 143 runs for biggest T20I win
Siddharth Kaul was in the Indian squad for the home ODIs against Sri Lanka in December, but was not picked ahead of Kumar-Bumrah. However, the pace department is an area of concern, as the second-choice fast bowlers have not enjoyed enough game time .

Hamilton secures pole position in France
There was gloom at McLaren, with last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours victor and double world champion Fernando Alonso only 16th. The track mostly dried out in time for qualifying, but a light drizzle returned midway through the hour-long session.

"We've at times had a squad with real top players and at times we've had a squad with not such outstanding players who've been in those knockout situations".

England have the worst penalty shootout record in World Cup history, and Southgate himself is synonymous with failure in that area having missed from the spot against Germany in the Euro 96 semi-final.

"If England defend well, they will win - because, with the players England have up front, they will score".

Southgate also said he was ready to accept any criticism that would come with the defeat, but said he had achieved his "primary objective" by resting his players.

The Colombia coach said he was "extremely concerned" about the player's fitness but was pleased that the team rose to the occasion to snatch the win against Senegal.

The match was far less dramatic than the day's earlier games, but the outcome still had consequences that could affect both teams as they look to continue their World Cup runs into the knockout round. I went to two of their games in Brazil [four years ago] - they were incredible occasions.

Related Articles

  • Capitol Police Arrest About 575 Protesters at Senate Office Building

    Capitol Police Arrest About 575 Protesters at Senate Office Building

    Jayapal used her arrest to call for others to join more demonstrations on Saturday, June 30. Pramila Jayapal was arrested on the floor of the Hart Senate Office Building for a sit-in.
    FDA Approves Cannabis Based Drug

    FDA Approves Cannabis Based Drug

    What's more likely is that the DEA reschedules CBD , while leaving THC and marijuana itself as a Schedule 1 substance. It is estimated there are up to 18,500 patients with LGS, and 20,000 of Dravet Syndrome in the United states.
    Germany Fails To Advance Out Of Group Stage For First Time

    Germany Fails To Advance Out Of Group Stage For First Time

    Therefore, Son Heung-min will definitely play a vital role in this clash along with the likes of Hwang Hee-Chan and Moon Seon-Min. Outside the stadium in Russian Federation , a group of Mexican fans found a Korean in a pink shirt, holding a Sweden flag.
  • Bolton Holds Talks With Putin In Moscow

    Bolton Holds Talks With Putin In Moscow

    But planning for the meeting was delayed amid the investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation . The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Putin and Bolton would discuss what it described as "the sad state" of U.S-Russia relations.
    Sampaoli: Argentina will go out with a knife between their teeth

    Sampaoli: Argentina will go out with a knife between their teeth

    Indeed, Argentinian journalist Fernando Niembro has even accused the captain of taking over squad selection duties from Sampaoli. Video footage showed Sampaoli and Messi in pitch-side dialogue, before substitute Aguero was introduced.
    Apple and Samsung settle seven-year patent battle

    Apple and Samsung settle seven-year patent battle

    Some of the specific features Apple feels Samsung stole include home screen app grids, tap to zoom, and "bounceback" scrolling. Samsung fight, Apple ends a long battle that its late co-founder Steve Jobs once fervently waged.
  • Neymar Should Be Benched: Peter Schmeichel On Brazil's 'Trouble Child'

    Neymar Should Be Benched: Peter Schmeichel On Brazil's 'Trouble Child'

    Mexico, on six points, remain very much in the driving seat and will book their place in the knockout stages so long as they don't lose to Sweden.
    Thousands stranded as Bali's Mt Agung eruption shuts airport

    Thousands stranded as Bali's Mt Agung eruption shuts airport

    Airlines avoid flying through volcanic ash as it can damage aircraft engines, clog fuel and cooling systems and hamper visibility. AirAsia's Flight QZ509, scheduled to leave Singapore at 9.05pm to Denpasar was also cancelled.
    Why Lukaku missed Belgium training ahead of crunch clash against England

    Why Lukaku missed Belgium training ahead of crunch clash against England

    Well over 30 games into the World Cup in Russian Federation and goals have been a certainty in all the matches played so far. The game likely will hinge on one or two magic moments, and Belgium holds a decided advantage in this regard.
  • Januzaj scores the only goal as Belgium beat England by 1-0

    Januzaj scores the only goal as Belgium beat England by 1-0

    And his teammate Axel Witsel, rested for the game along with several other Belgian big guns, clearly enjoyed it. Not surprisingly, Twitter found the moment hysterical, and provided their own commentary on the gaffe.
    Sex workers complain about Ranbir Kapoor's movie

    Sex workers complain about Ranbir Kapoor's movie

    She is dressed up in her best even while visiting him in the jail and sheds a tear or two while listening to his saga. The movie Sanju can be labelled as a?reconstruction of some Sanjay Dutt's life events' but surely not a biopic.
    Harry and Meghan greet young leaders at Queen's reception

    Harry and Meghan greet young leaders at Queen's reception

    Prince Harry recently made the two female royals in his life laugh while at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards . The duke gave a speech to those attending the ceremony before the Queen handed out the honours.