Gareth Southgate claims England were better side after Germany defeat
England lose 1-0 in Dortmund although Southgate takes plenty of positives from friendly clash
March 23rd, 2017
England will prepare for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania feeling confident that they should comfortably despatch their opponents after a solid performance against world champions Germany.
Gareth Southgate named a team which included Michael Keane and Jake Livermore, with both players acquitting themselves well and England had more than enough chances to win the game.
In the end, it was the retiring Lukas Podolski who scored the winning goal in his final game wearing a Germany shirt, with the Three Lions culpable of missing some good chances.
Nevertheless, Southgate drew positives from the match and insisted his team were on the right track ahead of next year’s World Cup.
“It is never nice to lose and I am not someone who is overly pleased in defeat but I have to be really pleased with the way my players have played individually and in terms of the tactical system,” Southgate said. “The way that worked and their ability to adapt quickly was excellent and, until the goal, I thought we were the better side.
“I am very pleased with what we learned, the manner of the performance and the only bit we missed was the finish. We should have had the game won but I am very pleased with what we did.”
“Michael (Keane) had an excellent debut. He has played for the under-21s at full-back and centre-back so the system was going to suit him, no problem.
“We had to be creative because we couldn’t train on the field too many times but we were able to walk through certain things. We had meetings and worked through things on tactics boards. It wasn’t an alien system for several of the players and I felt it suited others that aren’t so used to it.”