England manager, Gareth Southgate believes his team still has a lot of work to do defensively if they want to compete for the Euro 2020 trophy next summer.
The Three Lions defeated Montenegro 7-0 on Thursday but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was forced to make good saves from time to time, with John Stones and Harry Maguire guilty of poor defensive work.
Speaking after the game, Southgate admitted the fragility at the back.
His words, “The attacking playing in the first half, in particular,”
“Really good movement and super quality of passing and crossing, and really good finishing.
“We know we should win the group comfortably but you look around Europe and there are other countries who struggle to score the goals that we have.
“In the past, we have struggled against those lower ranked teams who defend in numbers, now we’ve got players that can open these teams up and a style of play to match.
“[But] we have to get both ends of the pitch right. We conceded a couple of chances tonight that we shouldn’t have.
“They’re the clinical things we’ll have to be better at. There’s still work to do without the ball, but we are improving.”
England will wrap up their qualifying campaign with a trip to Kosovo on Sunday.
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