A match to remember. Not so much by the game (big disappointment), nor by the result (only 1: 1), but by the fact that England ended their visit to Poland with the same 11 players who started the match in Warsaw. Something like that hasn't happened for a quarter of a century, the last time Terry Venables led Gordy Albion with the same players from the beginning to the end of the European Championship semifinal match with Germany in 1996 at Wembley.
Then one of the actors was Gareth Southgate, now in the role of the selector. "We had complete control of the game, there was no need to change at any time just to say how we used the change. The possession was on our side, there was really no reason to disturb our game which was at a good level."
"This could jeopardize the rhythm of the match. It's not so easy to put players on the field who have been sitting on the bench all the time," Southgate tried to explain. By the way, he made one unusual move before the derby of the sixth round of the group and the World Cup qualifiers.
He changed the complete team that started the duel with Andorra in the last round.
Then he kept those new 11 players in the game from the first to the last moment of the match. "I have no dilemma that my decisions will be a topic, however, we did not feel the need to change.
In several situations, we turned to the bench, but we realized that we were doing well, that we had no problems." "We wanted to eventually rest our wings and save some time, but we conceded a goal at that very moment and there was no need to add new players.
It's certainly not good timing for change, "added Gareth Southgate. Among the reserves he had at his disposal: Sam Johnstone, Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier, Reece James, Trent Alexander Arnold, Conor Coady, Jordan Henderson, Jude Bellingham, Patrick Bamford, Bukayo Saka, and Jesse Lingard.
Nobody gets a chance? And Southgate will certainly get the opportunity to lead England since the leaders of the alliance are satisfied with his work, which is why it was announced that he will extend the contract until the end of the 2024 European Championship in Germany.
Southgate can often be criticized like most other national team coaches, but it must be admitted that he did a great job with England at the European Championships and that he was more fortunate and could have won the long-awaited trophy. Still, maybe the World Cup will be happier for him