at this rate Gareth Southgate He will have to bow to pressure from the crowd and get his team on the attacking side when England face Iran in their opening World Cup match next month.
Defensive concerns are mounting for the England manager. If the prospect of John Stones returning from the hamstring injury that forced him out against Germany last month is positive, it will be met with the banishment of Harry Maguire from Manchester United’s starting line-up. Kyle Walker undergoes hip surgery last week. Even someone with Walker’s recovery speed would struggle to win the race to be fit for Qatar, and with no guarantee Stones won’t collapse again, there are doubts about every member of Southgate’s perfect team.
No pressure, then, Eric Dyer. The Spurs centre-back has had an impressive comeback to his squad under Antonio Conte and currently looks certain to start in the middle of the back three against Iran.
However, problems continued to pile up for Southgate this week. First came Gabriel Martinelli, who tortured Trent Alexander-Arnold before the departure of the Liverpool right-back due to an ankle injury during… His team lost to Arsenal last Sunday; Then, at the San Siro on Tuesday, there was the scene of Rhys James coming out of his knee injury During Chelsea’s 2-0 win over AC MilanHis hopes of regaining control of his group in the Champions League were crushed by Fikayo Tomori being sent off in the 18th minute.
While Graham Potter sounded optimistic about James – the right-back is understood, who makes himself uncultivable As for the club and the country, he will not be out for long – the mood around Tomori was more bleak. The defender’s evening was not supposed to end with such hatred and disappointment. Tomori had a point to prove against his old team, especially after failing to impress When Milan lost 3-0 at Stamford Bridge Last week, the public opinion was that he was unfortunate that he was sent off for a minor foul on Mason Mount after James sent the midfielder into goal.
While Graham Potter sounded upbeat about James – it is understood that the right-back, who makes himself unpopular for club and country, will not be out for long – the mood around Tomori was more bleak
Does the punishment fit the crime? Daniel Seibert was right to award a penalty, but should he have given him a red? Contact was minimal and many people felt Tomori was worth being careful about.
Likewise, Tomori made no real attempt to play the ball and it was understandable why the referee felt the 24-year-old had denied Mount the opportunity to score clear goals.
Using such cold logic, it becomes difficult to see Southgate trust Tomori. He is likely to skip the debate around red and focus on defensive weaknesses. He’ll analyze how Mount got on the wrong side of Tomori, who made matters worse when he tried to stop his teammate Chelsea Graduate Academy of Archery. Southgate is sure to conclude that Tomori is not ready for a place in the England starting line-up.
Southgate was never satisfied with Tomori. He did not succumb to the clamor to be chosen to replace Maguire as a left center back during England’s Nations League matches against Italy and Germany. Tomori was not given a minute, though Maguire continues to struggle against Germany and his difficulties against Chelsea will put him at risk of not making the squad.
While this may sound drastic, there was an admission that Tomori needed to shine during Milan’s double header against Chelsea. Impressing in Serie A is one thing, but Chelsea are a step up against whatever Tomori faces in Italy. It is not isolated that Southgate places more importance on the performance of defenders who play in the Premier League. The discount quality is higher and the pace is faster.
Tomori, who admitted that his form has not been so good this season, could not contain Chelsea. He was poor at Stamford Bridge, withered under an early hail. He lacked composure and was mistaken for Chelsea’s second goal, failing to cut a cross from James allowing unmarked Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score 2-0 from close range.
More players were expected Who helped Milan win the Scudetto last season?. Back home, Tomori couldn’t even count on his speed to get him out of trouble when he allowed Mount to get on target. The red card was instant and if Tomori misses the World Cup, this could be the moment Southgate crossed his name from the list.
Meanwhile, Southgate is not blessed with many credible alternatives to first-choice defenders. Crystal Palace’s inexperienced Marc Guehy, and Ben White, who was playing at Arsenal’s right-back position, missed out on the latter camp. Since Southgate likes to pick people he trusts, she doesn’t rule out calling Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings, Maguire’s deputy at Euro 2020.
A compromise may be required. There is time to recover from injuries before the 26-man squad is named, but the situation at the back is not ideal. A large part of England’s approach has to do with defensive stability. For Southgate, who has repeatedly emphasized the importance of balance at the international level, uncertainty is something to be avoided.