- France knocked England out in quarter-final
- Giroud scored winner in 2-1 end result
- Southgate questions perception amongst squad
WHAT HAPPENED? A day that’s nonetheless painful for followers of the Three Lions to recall, Southgate has opened up and mirrored on being knocked out of the World Cup by then-holders France within the quarter-final in Qatar, and urged his gamers lacked the assumption to win the sport earlier than it began.
WHAT THEY SAID: The England supervisor informed ITV: “The efficiency in opposition to France has proven the gamers in the event that they did not consider it earlier than, which I nonetheless ponder whether they honestly believed that earlier than the sport, however coming off the sphere they know that may be a recreation they may win and will have received.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Olivier Giroud’s 78th minute strike secured a victory for Les Bleus that secured passage into the semi-final, however it may’ve been so completely different for England who had been on prime for durations of the sport, and held France degree at 1-1 till late.
Simply as they appeared down and out, Harry Kane was offered with the prospect to degree the sport once more from the penalty spot with simply six minutes to play, however he missed his spot-kick and England had been despatched residence.
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WHAT NEXT FOR ENGLAND? Southgate’s facet are again in motion for the primary time since World Cup heartbreak in March, once they should mud themselves down and kick off their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.