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‘A step in the right direction’ – Gareth Southgate sees positives despite England defeat to Italy

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Gareth Southgate believes England’s performance was “a step in the right direction” despite their 1-0 defeat to Italy which confirmed their relegation from League A in the Nations League.

In their penultimate game before the World Cup in Qatar, England failed to score, meaning they have not found the back of the net in open play for the last 495 minutes.

Ad As Southgate went over to applaud the England fans he as booed by a large portion of the supporters. UEFA Nations LeagueSouthgate willing to stake 'reputation' on Maguire selectionYESTERDAY AT 22:09 “It's difficult for me to be too critical of the performance,” Southgate told the press. “We had more possession, more shots, more shots on target. «For large parts of the game we played very well.

We didn’t deal with the decisive moment defensively. We had moments where we had the chance to be decisive in their final third which our quality wasn't quite right. »It’s a spell where ultimately results are going to be the thing that everyone reacts to but I thought there were a lot of positives for us as a team tonight. «Lots of good individual performances.

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