England suffered another defeat, this time against Italy. Gareth Southgate's team could not impose their pace and were not a good enough opponent. Another defeat and relegation to the B division can be a 'call' for changes.
Despite everything, Southgate is pleased with many moments during the game. “It's difficult for me to be too critical of the performance,” Southgate told the press as quoted by eurosport.com “We had more possession, more shots, more shots on target.
"For large parts of the game we played very well.
We didn’t deal with the decisive moment defensively. We had moments where we had the chance to be decisive in their final third which our quality wasn't quite right.
"It’s a spell where ultimately results are going to be the thing that everyone reacts to but I thought there were a lot of positives for us as a team tonight.
"Lots of good individual performances.
I personally thought the performance is a step in the right direction. I completely understand because of the result that is not going to be the reaction." .
England and chances
England had its chances, but the realization was not at a satisfactory level.
It is obvious that they must work on efficiency and effectiveness because possession will mean nothing. “It's really difficult to pinpoint why we are not scoring,” added Southgate. “I think we are getting into the right areas.
We had the moments where we would have the pass but we just didn't deliver that final piece of quality tonight.
I understand the reaction at the end because that's the results we have had in this competition. It’s an understandable emotional reaction."
England had its chances, but the realization was not at a satisfactory level. It is obvious that they must work on efficiency and effectiveness, because possession will mean nothing. "It's obviously disappointing.
Every tournament we go into, we set out to win. In the Nations League we have slipped below our standards but I didn't think it was all bad tonight.
"It's coming. It was a much better performance tonight than we saw in the summer.
"It's not that we're not creating the chances.
I see it in training. There are goals for fun.
"Trust me, we are going to be good." England will have to recover from the bad results and prepare for the next challenges. Southgate has to talk to the boys, see the mistakes, and solve them