England manager Gareth Southgate has expressed concern over his side’s support of Harry Kane after failing to score against Italy at Molineux.
The goalless draw leaves them without a win after three Nations League games and after scoring only once a season – Kane’s late penalty that equalized against Germany.
Tammy Abraham replaced Kane in that closed-door game on Saturday, but failed to find the net with only one chance at first. Although Mason Mount hit the crossbar shortly after and Raheem Sterling missed it from close range, the goal was not scored.
“We want to win games and we are disappointed we do not win,” said Southgate. “We have two or three very good chances to catch.
“You do not have that many chances against the best teams. We would like to create more from the mastery we had. We are very dependent on Harry and Raheem for our purposes at the moment and this is a concern. »
Jack Grealish was given a start on the left after having an impact against Germany, but Southgate noted that he had only one attempt at goal.
“I return to what I say about all our attacking players,” he added. “It is an area that we need to improve if we want to progress as a team. »
Grealish’s goal record for Manchester City was not outstanding, but perhaps Southgate had Mountin in mind when he emphasized that “there are players who score more regularly for their clubs” than for their country.
The Chelsea player has not found the net in his last 15 appearances for England and missed a golden chance in the first half to move England forward to Molineux.
“We continue to work to send the cannons to the right areas. In the end, in attacking areas, the quality of the game will be crucial. Accuracy was lacking in these areas. »
And without Kane, this could be a real problem.
“The problem is if you do not have it for whatever reason,” added the England coach. “But every team relies on its best players.
“France was dead and buried last night and Kylian Mbappe found something. Our captain’s goal record is phenomenal. But we must begin to share that burden. »
Southgate praises Ramsdale’s performance
England’s failure to score did not result in defeat thanks to the appearance of the match player by goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who brilliantly saved from Sandro Tonali in the first half and continued to deny the team from Roberto Mancini until the end.
“He made some important receptions and was very calm in possession of the ball,” Southgate said of what was only the Arsenal goalkeeper’s second appearance for his country. “This is what we hoped it would bring. »
It was not completely flawless. “He had a wrong pass in midfield,” recalls Southgate. But his ball-to-foot ability was a real strength. “In general, I think the time he took, the composure he showed, helped us build from the back. »
The return of the crowd will help England
One explanation that England was not clinically sufficient was the urgency of a crowded stadium that was missing. “We were the dominant team in the second half. But we went back to that heartless experience we had during Covid. »
England were forced to play behind closed doors against Italy due to trouble at Wembley in the Euro 2020 final against the same opponents last summer. Hungary will find a very different Molineux that awaits them on Tuesday night.
“Having a full house here will be a big boost for the players,” Southgate said.
“Coming here and playing in front of no fan, [it is difficult] when you press a goal and nothing comes to the terraces and the opponents do not have that pressure.
“We can hardly wait to come here on Tuesday when the country returns.
“At this time, we can do it with this help. »
Mancini: England claims for the World Cup
Just as it happened exactly 11 months ago when Italy won the Euro 2020 final, Roberto Mancini would be the happiest of both coaches as his experimental team produced impressive football at Molineux.
Despite another toothless attack, Mancini had no doubt that England would be in the game to go all the way to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“England are one of the best teams in Europe at the moment, they have very, very good players,” he said.
“Maybe they are trying something different at the moment, different situations, but I think they are one of the candidates to win the World Cup. »