England’s youth give Southgate a selection dilemma

Date: Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 10:38 pm
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Gareth Southgate fielded youthful teams against Germany and Brazil, but England held their own against arguably their biggest football rivals.

England put out a slightly more experienced team against Brazil than against Germany, with Joe Hart in goal receiving his 75th cap, and Southgate’s favourites Eric Dier and Kyle Walker in the side.

The final outcome looks like a fantastic result on paper for England, holding Brazil and not allowing their world class players such as Neymar and Coutinho to score. There were many chances for the Brazilians, but a lot of them were missed shots.

England’s Man of the Match against Germany, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, was taken off in the 35th minute with an injury and was replaced by Jesse Lingard.

The Man of the Match against Brazil was Joe Gomez, who took an opportunity to show what he is made of in Gary Cahill’s absence. Gomez showed his strength and talent against the Brazilian forwards and deserved this accolade.

The young players have made their marks over these two international fixtures, including Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jordan Pickford, Joe Gomez and Kieran Trippier.

These were the stand-out newcomers, where Southgate’s youth experiment worked. England might not have scored, but they showed talent, passion and didn’t concede.

Social media saw mixed reviews, from “90 mins I will never get back”, to whether or not clubs have the guts to pick these players, rather than “spending millions on overseas players”.

But England have proven that they can be strong in defence against the world’s greatest teams and Gareth Southgate has a lot to think about for his squad selection for next summer’s World Cup – and then who to pick in the team.

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