Southgate explains Three Lions result


 Gareth Southgate made it clear the Three Lions did not “quite click” in attack as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ukraine in their Euro 2024 qualifier.

Oleksandr Zinchenko opened the scoring for the hosts in a match played in Poland because of the ongoing Russian invasion in their homeland.

But Kyle Walker equalised with his first international goal.

“We’re not going to win every game by fours and sevens,” said Southgate.

“That was a really good test – away from home, very passionate atmosphere, quite a few changes forced from the last game.

“Sometimes, especially with attacking play, it doesn’t quite click. We know that the patterns that we worked during the week are what we always do, so it’s not that we approach the game in a different way.”

England boss Gareth Southgate shakes hands with James Maddison
England failed to win a European Championship qualifier for just the second time in 23 attempts

The point ended England’s 100% record in Group C after they had won all four of their previous games.

They are still in a very strong position as they sit top of the standings with 13 points, six ahead of second-place Ukraine.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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