Premier League News England talking points: Maguire, James see red as 3-4-3 system suffers Breaking Sport news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Harry Maguire was always one of the figures in this England side who Gareth Southgate could trust, but the Manchester United defender’s experiences in Greece over the summer look to have left him a shadow of his former self. The United captain put in one of the poorest performances seen by an England player in the 32 minutes before being sent off at Wembley. A reckless
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Harry Maguire was always one of the figures in this England side who Gareth Southgate could trust, but the Manchester United defender’s experiences in Greece over the summer look to have left him a shadow of his former self. The United captain put in one of the poorest performances seen by an England player in the 32 minutes before being sent off at Wembley. A reckless challenge after just five minutes left him in a precarious position, and things did not improve from there. Even without his second yellow card, shown after a loose touch led to a rather desperate lunge on Kasper Dolberg, Maguire was struggling in comparison to his usual standards. The dire display on international duty follows an unsettling start to the season with Manchester United following his arrest in Greece over the summer. (Getty Images) The 27-year-old has vowed to move on from the incident - with his sentence quashed as he appeals the original guilty verdict - and Maguire was confident he had the mental strength to do so - but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Maguire cuts a frustrated and distracted figure for club and country and could well do with a rest away from the public eye. Given his standing as United captain and the fact that the Euros are now closing in at quite some rate, it is unlikely Maguire will want to take a step back. England vs Denmark Ratings: Maguire red compounds miserable night The reason why Reece James was sent off Report: Wembley loss sees Belgium leapfrog Three Lions Nations League reaction - LIVE! There has to be some sympathy for the position he finds himself in, but with stakes so high for Southgate he can ill afford to take a chance on players in such a poor frame of mind. System suffers after sending off Southgate faced plenty of criticism for the use of his 3-4-3 system in the 0-0 draw against Denmark in Copenhagen last month, but has persisted with it on the grounds that his side need a solid foundation to be a success in international football. (Pool via REUTERS) That position was largely vindicated against Belgium, but the current crop of Three Lions still don’t look entirely comfortable in the shape which served Southgate so well at the World Cup two years ago. Each and every game is precious time for the England boss to develop that situation, and Maguire’s sending off ruined that chance at progression here as the Three Lions closed their October camp with a first Wembley defeat in over two years. It still feels as if the shape stifles England’s potent attacking threats, but if Southgate is set on it his squad need as much time as possible to settle and find their groove. England responded well to the sending off - and largely looked more solid without Maguire despite the disadvantage in terms of numbers - as well as going behind to a dubious penalty, but still struggled for clear cut chances with Harry Kane not involved as much as anyone would’ve liked.
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. The Chelsea right-back was handed his full England bow this evening and made his case to be the man Southgate turns to in the Three Lions’ most well-equipped position. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) With Kieran Trippier having withdrawn and Kyle Walker moving back into one of the three central positions in the back line, James was handed his chance to shine as Trent Alexander-Arnold watched on from the stands. The 20-year-old was perhaps England’s greatest threat throughout. James’ crosses are a well-established threat for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side and he showed the same brilliant instinct for a ball into the box here, though Kane and England’s other forwards were too often caught on their heels with James whipping them in at such pace. Questions still remain over his defensive capabilities, but James combined well with Walker while pushing on - especially in the first half - and flourished down the right with Chelsea team-mate Mason Mount. Following Maguire’s red, James went on to show his versatility - swapping with Walker from right to left-back on occasion - while still looking to get on the front foot throughout, testing Kasper Schmeichel with a left-footed driven effort before sending a free-kick narrowly over the bar. But after the final whistle, following such an assured showing, things fell apart. As the players were making their way off the pitch, clearly frustrated with a sub-par showing from the officials, James was shown a red card for foul and abusive language directed at the referee, Jesus Gil Manzano. (Pool via REUTERS) The straight red will see the chance handed back to his rivals in the battle for the England right-back spot. Coady confidence grows While Maguire’s position in the England side is looking increasingly uncertain, Conor Coady’s standing continues to grow. (Pool via REUTERS) The Wolves defender, who started in the middle of a three before moving to the more unfamiliar role on the right of a two following Maguire’s red, has barely put a foot wrong since coming into the England fold. Coady is a commanding presence in the back line and, on more than one occasion, was on hand to save England at the back against Denmark this evening while he could well have levelled it late on if Simon Kjaer had not headed off the line. Southgate said this week the door was well and truly open for the fresher faces in the England squad to force their way into the starting XI for the opening game of next summer’s Euros, and Coady is certainly on the right path.
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