In the first round of Group D of the European Championship held at Wembley yesterday, England defeated Croatia 1-0 with a goal from Raheem Sterling in the 57th minute.
Gareth Southgate’s team started very well, fully dominating the first 20 minutes, but then stopped. However, Croatia could not endanger it in any way, England then squeezed and scored a goal.
Although many British media questioned some of Southgate’s decisions, most people praised the team. Right-handed Kieran Trippier’s position at left back proved to be wrong. Jack Greerish missed it so much that no one could pass the ball to the barely visible Harry Kane.
But Southgate scored with Raheem Sterling, whom he trusted very much, and Calvin Phillips nearly won the game in midfield against Modric and Kovacic and assisted with a goal.
“Southgate chose to start eleven players and caused a lot of negative comments on social media. The hashtag #southgateout appeared immediately, but this is the fate of the England coach. But after the game, it can be said that Southgate made all key decisions. There was a blow. Instead of Graelish putting Sterling on Rice and Phillips, and Trippier was good on left back,” the BBC wrote, and continued:
“Southgate has great confidence in Trippier, but the first name of this game is Calvin Phillips. The fantastic Pirlo from Yorkshire has a difficult task against the Croatian midfielder. , But he won the victory himself. But it’s not perfect, especially in the long run. Kyle Walker performed horribly in the first half and Harry Kane was completely invisible. What needs to be emphasized is that this Croatia is completely harmless Yes, it’s even a far cry from the team that defeated England in Moscow in 2018. It will be interesting to see how this defense will deal with more serious offenses, but at least the game kicked off with a victory.”
In the next round, England will play against Scotland and Croatia will play against the Czech Republic.