England’s World Cup efficiency performed down by FA who warn issues have to get higher

THERE was no bunting out at Wembley, no celebrations.

Sure, England surpassed World Cup expectations in Russia. The nation bought behind boss Gareth Southgate and his Three Lions.

 England's World Cup heroics have been played down by the FA


England’s World Cup heroics have been performed down by the FACredit score: Getty

Harry Kane, Harry Maguire, John Stones and Co made themselves nationwide heroes.

Soccer, briefly, appeared as if it actually was “coming house”. However when push got here to shove, England fell brief.

Crushed within the semi-finals by a Croatia facet that was extra streetwise and skilled.

Southgate and his FA bosses have been united in a single primary thought — that 2018 represents the start of the journey, not the ultimate vacation spot.

 Martin Glenn has warned Gareth Southgate he wants to continue seeing marked improvements


Martin Glenn has warned Gareth Southgate he desires to proceed seeing marked enhancementsCredit score: Reuters

FA chief Martin Glenn outlined the sensation as he spoke about the place Russia has left the England facet.

Glenn recalled: “Two years in the past we sat down with Gareth and mentioned that we wished to be a top-four workforce, in order that in each match we needs to be aspiring to get to the semi-finals and difficult for that.

“We felt that for England to have an opportunity of successful tournaments a lot of issues needed to change.

“How we ready the workforce bodily and psychologically, how we communicated with followers, how we handled the media, all of which helped take the stress off.

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 England finished fourth at the World Cup to thrill the nation


England completed fourth on the World Cup to thrill the nationCredit score: Getty Pictures

“And whereas we did properly in Russia, we’re nonetheless approach brief. We made progress however we didn’t have success.”

Glenn’s appraisal was correct. Like Southgate, he recognises that England, regardless of their fourth-placed end in Russia, will not be the fourth-best facet on the planet.

They have been a last-eight workforce who took benefit of a lucky draw. However Glenn feels England grew up this summer time.

He added: “To win tournaments you want good organisation and workforce spirit, nice assist workers and three or 4 world-class gamers.

“These world-class gamers will occur however we’re not fairly there but. We all know REAL progress is thrashing the likes of Spain, Germany and France extra commonly.

“The sport we discovered most from was Colombia. We managed the match however conceded within the final minute which may’ve triggered a crumble.

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 England's players exceeded all expectations but there's still plenty of work to be done


England’s gamers exceeded all expectations however there’s nonetheless loads of work to be finishedCredit score: AFP

“Gareth had placed on a workforce to see the sport out so that they weren’t arrange for extra-time to attempt to win it, however we battled via and performed properly to take it to penalties.

“We misplaced the toss for ends, the toss for taking the primary penalty, which is statistically a 60-40 drawback, went one penalty behind however gained.

“Profitable the Underneath-17 and Underneath-20 World Cups actually satisfied us we have been doing the appropriate issues to enhance match efficiency.

“We all know there are gaps we’ve to fill by way of competing to win the Euros in 2020 after which the World Cup, however there’s additionally a conviction concerning the depths of our preparation.”

Glenn is assured that Southgate will signal a brand new contract, however requested if England’s World Cup run would make Southgate the “apparent” alternative for Prem golf equipment searching for a brand new boss, he mentioned: “He was the apparent candidate earlier than.

“We’ve had lots of expertise from our technical division poached however that’s a very good factor as a result of it means individuals admire what we’re doing.”

 Southgate will be expected to start beating bigger teams as well as reaching semi-finals each tournament


Southgate might be anticipated to begin beating greater groups in addition to reaching semi-finals every matchCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation


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