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Gareth Southgate has warned that England have “a lot of work” to do

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After getting the better of Austria last week, the Three Lions beat Romania 1-0 on Sunday in their last friendly before the tournament begins.

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According to Southgate England’s defence needs improvement

Gareth Southgate has warned that England have “a lot of work” to do before their first game of Euro 2020, highlighting their defending as a critical area that needs improvement. After getting the better of Austria last week, the Three Lions beat Romania 1-0 on Sunday in their last friendly before the tournament begins. Southgate’s team will open their Euro 2020 campaign with a match against Croatia at Wembley on June 13, and the coach fears they are still not good enough in some aspects. “I didn’t like us without the ball in the first half, but that was the whole team. That started from the front,” Southgate told reporters when asked about his side’s defensive work. “We weren’t disciplined in the way we defended. Our recovery runs were not good enough. It meant that the midfield was stretched, and the back players had too many decisions to make.

England have to make sure they get those calls right

“They were having to come in spaces where they shouldn’t have needed to be. “Without doubt we can improve on that. I have also got to allow the team that played the reality that we had made a lot of changes and had to preserve some players and give others minutes that they needed. “There is a lot of work to be done on the training ground as, without a doubt, we cannot give up the number of chances we did against Romania and not expect to be punished. We can improve on all the small details in the two performances we have had. We were able to pick up a lot of learnings from the first game and feed them in to Sunday’s game. You know, some of the things on discipline and details on defending set plays.”

The England boss is open to changing his starting line-up throughout the tournament to accommodate for the strength of their opponents. He added: “The best team for the game with Croatia may not be the best team for the game with Scotland. We have to make sure we get those calls right.

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