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Why does Gareth Southgate insist on playing Jordan Henderson for England?

26 March, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • England's footballers have been given asthma tests in preparation for this summer's World Cup

England plays Italy on Tuesday at Wembley in its last friendly before Southgate names his World Cup squad.

Bas Dost and Memphis Depay had the best Dutch chances, with Dost heading over from close range in the first half and Depay shooting straight at Pickford at the end of the first half and again late in the second half from a free kick.

"It was one of the best performances I've seen from an England team in a long, long while", the ex-England global told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.

Kane, before this fixture, has scored seven of England's previous 14 goals and their results coming into this game had been two goalless draws against Germany and Brazil.

England's performance against the Netherlands has Ray Wilkins excited for the World Cup, but the former Chelsea and Manchester United star says there is still room for improvement.

The Three Lions picked up a 1-0 win away at Holland on Friday.

Southgate said he was pleased with individual performances, but also with the fact his team looked like it was having fun.

The England manager caused a stir before kick-off with his team selection, naming a line-up which left many wondering just how the visitors would line up in Amsterdam.

This was England's first win in Amsterdam since 1969.

"And clearly there is a difference in quality between the Netherlands and England".

"Yes (it was a good night for Pickford) definitely", Southgate said of the Everton goalkeeper.

Southgate said there might be "tweak to the system" against the Azzurri, and confirmed personnel changes will be made.

"You need players that are comfortable at defending in wide areas and used to using the ball in those areas". They can play with angles, some of it was outstanding, and they are intelligent footballers. "We don't necessarily want to take six centre backs so if you have people like Kyle and Eric Dier who can fill other positions it may allow us it may allow us to take more attacking players in different positions".

Six England fans remained behind bars Saturday along with two Dutch supporters after over 100 people were arrested in ugly clashes before a friendly worldwide match in Amsterdam. "I was really pleased with the quality of our football", Southgate told reporters.

"Certainly, some of those guys we want to see on the pitch".

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