England football team is currently playing at the UEFA nations League and is set to take on Spain later tonight, ahead of the game Manager Gareth Southgate stated that the early start to the Premier League (England’s top flight football league) has taken a toll on his players and reckons the same to be the primary cause behind his players’ lack of form.
The Premier League started a week ahead of La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga, and all of England’s starting eleven players in the English League.
England were one of the stand-out performers in the FIFA World Cup and went on till the semi-finals of the tournament and Southgate feels that the early start to the campaign not only adversely affected the form of the players but also the teams- in particular, Tottenham, in the league are paying for its consequences.
“I don’t understand why our league started so early but it did and it’s a really difficult situation for the clubs,” Southgate said in a news conference on Sunday ahead of England’s UEFA Nations League game away to Spain on Monday.
“Some couldn’t field a team. Look at Tottenham, they had so many players in the semi-final and they had to put players straight into matches, it’s an impossible situation for the coaches really.”
England’s talisman and skipper Harry Kane is currently on a six-game goal drought for his country, meanwhile, Danny Welbeck, Danny Rose and Luke Shaw are sidelined with injuries.
“I think it’s a lack of psychological freshness rather than physical,” added Southgate.
“When you look at the league, there’s a lot of teams that have got going yet; there have been lots of injuries.”
Despite the three lions’ goalless draw against Croatia, Southgate is not particularly concerned about the team’s lack of efficiency in front of the goal.
“No, the concern would be if we weren’t creating chances. The most important thing is that we were dangerous, looked a threat and got in good positions to score goals,” added Southgate.
“With the players, we have got, if we continue to create those chances, they will score them.”
(Interview and Quotes from Reuters)