England Nearly Come Unstuck With Moyesball

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England missed out on automatically qualifying for the knockout stages of the Euros tonight after drawing 1-1 with Denmark.

The Three Lions were booed by their supporters after a lacklustre showing at the Frankfurt Arena. It was a display familiar to West Ham fans, as manager Gareth Southgate used tactics straight out of the David Moyes playbook, struggling to get the best out of his talented attacking players.

England’s performance will not strike fear into Europe’s elite. Manager Gareth Southgate’s selection and the underwhelming team effort will need to be scrutinised and completely revamped before facing Slovenia on Tuesday.

Despite the disappointment, England remains on top of Group C with four points and a strong chance of automatically qualifying for the round of 16. They need at least a draw against Slovenia to secure their place in the knockout phase.

England started with the same team that beat Serbia but wobbled after going ahead. Captain Harry Kane opened the scoring with a neat finish in the 18th minute, but Denmark recovered well, dominating the game.

Morten Hjulmand equalised for the Danes with a long-range effort in the 34th minute after England gave the ball away from a throw-in.

England’s performance was disjointed and clueless, with players looking like they had never met before. Foden, who performed better than he did against Serbia, hit the post in the second half as both sides had chances to win the game.

Southgate made four substitutions after the 54th minute, replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold with Conor Gallagher, Foden with Jarrod Bowen, Bukayo Saka with Eberechi Eze, and Kane with Ollie Watkins. Watkins’ introduction nearly paid off immediately as he forced Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel into a save from a tight angle.

Whilst the changes brought more intensity, England still lacked the quality to take the lead again, and Denmark looked more likely to snatch a winner.

Ultimately, it was a poor performance from England. From a West Ham perspective, it was a relief to see Jarrod Bowen escape without injury. Not only was the Hammers winger the recipient of a nasty foul, but the playing surface was inadequate, and it’s surprising more players were not injured as a result.

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  • Deathblow says:

    Imagine looking at the bench and seeing that utterly useless ‘coach’ Paul Nevin when you normally see Ancelotti and Guardiola!
    Failed at Brighton, gave nothing to West Ham as he was a yes-man to Moyes (thank God for once), and failing at Strasbourg.

    • Paul Nevin says:

      I think you will find, Deathblow, that I am a highly competent coach. I only said ‘yes’ to things that i wanted to say ‘yes’ to and agreed with. I suggest that you do not continue to be so utterly disrespectful to my career. I am more than Pedro Guardiola will ever be.
      Thank you

      • Grabar says:

        Least you learnt how to be self opinionated like Moyes and as for your comment about Guardiola don’t make me laugh.

  • moyesdem says:

    Be careful what you wish for is all i can say to the England fans:-)

  • D says:

    I wonder if Chris Sutton and all the other Moyes fanatics will come to Southgate’s defence. I doubt it

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