Sunday, October 17, 2021

Southgate make changes to England’s World Cup qualifiers with Hungary

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England coach Gareth Southgate intends to make changes for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary at Wembley.

Group I leaders, England, need a maximum of five points from the remaining three games to secure their place in Qatar in 2022.

Southgate used their squad as a bunch of fringe players featured in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Minnows Andorra, but some of their first choices may now return.

At his pre-game press conference, Southgate said, “We are definitely going to make changes. We have a very strong squad and one of the reasons for the changes we made the other day is that there were some specific player profiles that we thought could help us win the game.

“We also want the squad to feel involved and it is important that they know that they are valued and can do their part.

“It wasn’t a friendly last night, it had qualifying points and those games went wrong in the past.

“I was very satisfied with both the quality of the service and the application. We achieve a really constant level of performance, that’s great to see. “

Southgate was asked if Phil Foden’s outstanding performance in midfield against Andorra had given him any headache in the selection process.

“I have a headache and I commit a crime every time I choose a team,” he said. “It’s very difficult every time.

“We have so many good players and such good, strong competition for places. There have been a lot of players who have done their own confidence and reputation very well and that is good to see. “

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