◤FIFA World Cup in Qatar◢ Gary Neville criticizes England manager Gareth Southgate for leaving out Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden when the team lacked creativity against the United States..
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◤FIFA World Cup in Qatar◢ Gary Neville criticizes England manager Gareth Southgate for leaving out Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden when the team lacked creativity against the United States..

Manchester United and former England international right-back Gary Neville was not shy about criticizing current national team manager Gareth Southgate in his punditry after his home country’s 0-0 draw against the United States at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Friday that Southgate is cowardly.




Gary Neville made the above-mentioned criticism when he was a guest pundit on the broadcast of the game on iTV Sport in the UK. In the show, Neville changed his opinion from criticizing Liverpool right-wingback Trent Alexander-Arnold’s serious decline in defensive ability in the past few months, and asked Southgate, just when the Three Lions needs one or two player to inject creativity into the game, why were the Reds’ attacking wingback and Phil Foden, the all-around midfielder who played for Manchester City, not used when there were clearly generational talents who can instill much needed creativities in the team.


Gary Neville criticized that: “International tournaments are seldom like a bed of roses where you easily go through.”


“I think Gareth Southgate has unbelievable big-game experience and I think he’s going to realize they can get through this group.”


“But that was pathetic. We were all disappointed. What we wanted to see from England were more. A clean sheet was a positive, Harry Maguire’s header in the second half and their defense were very disappointing.”


“Sometimes our midfield didn’t gel together tonight. We looked tired at times, I don’t agree with our combination in midfield, I think their (United States) midfield is much better.”


“I’m disappointed not to see Foden come on. For me, it’s something I’ve never seen with a player who is a generational talent like this not playing.”


“I know we have (Jude) Bellingham, (Jack) Grealish, other options, and Gareth currently prefers (Mason) Mount, prefers (Bukayo) Saka, prefers (Raheem) Sterling.


“Foden wasn’t in the starting line-up and it would have been interesting to see when he was brought on as a substitute. It’s just because we all know that Manchester City often have to deal with low-crosses.”


“He’s a player who is good at finding space and playing a one-two with people, and when he is not passing the ball at City, he gets into these areas where he can create a threat.”


“Also, I’m a bit torn because I have a lot of respect for Gareth’s decisions and what he’s achieved. But we’ve got Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden sitting on the bench. Would it feel right to put them there?! Alexander-Arnold is the best full-back you’ve ever seen, just in terms of his ability to break down defenses in a game.”


“I think the fact that those two guys who didn’t come off the bench were disappointing in a sense, you’re trying to win a game, they’re both generational talents. He (Southgate) is worried bout his (Alexander-Arnold’s) defensive ability, I understand that.”


“I think the other countries, Spain, Brazil, France, would have probably put Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden in the starting XI.”


“But when you see a game like this, when we’re not creative, when we can’t create any chances, do you think those two players, do they deserve to be there on the pitch?”


England’s overall performance in this game was very sluggish. It was the opposite of the Three Lions that beat Iran 6-2 a few days ago. The defense was even torn apart by Tyler Adams and Christian Pulisic very easily many times. In the next round, England will play against Wales, who knows each other very well, in order to get all 3 points and advance to the round of 16 knockout rounds of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.


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