‘We shouldn’t think no one else’: Jamie Redknapp questions England’s decision to stay with Gareth Southgate after their World Cup quarter-final exit
Jamie Redknapp has criticized England’s World Cup performance – saying he felt they should have done better with the squad depth at their disposal.
England were eliminated in the quarter-finals by then-champions France, though their form of performance was commended after appearing to hold their opponents back for much of the match.
Had it not been for Harry Kane’s missed penalty, England would have taken France to extra time and would have gone through.
Jamie Redknapp said England could – and should – have done better than they did in Qatar
Breaking somewhat with tradition, Redknapp said that “any manager” could have done what Gareth Southgate managed and that there were “a lot” of managers who could do “an equally good job”.
“I don’t subscribe to this feeling that England did a really good World Cup,” he told Sky Sports.
“Reaching the quarter-finals wasn’t a huge achievement and I don’t think we should celebrate it.
England were eliminated by then-champions France in an agonizing defeat
When I look at France and Argentina in the World Cup final, you think it could have been us. Argentina is a very good team but it is not out of this world. Lionel Messi gave them a difference point and was the reason they won.
If you look at the French national team, it was one of the weakest France teams we’ve seen. When I played for them in 1998, they had Zinedine Zidane, Emmanuel Petit, Patrick Vieira and Didier Deschamps as their captains – those were players who could turn the game around.
France didn’t have Karim Benzema, and they didn’t have N’Golo Kante. They had Kylian Mbappe who gave them the X-factor.
He added that he felt England would “never have a better chance” of beating them than the opportunity presented in the quarter-final in Qatar.
Redknapp (left) said the talented England side were a match for the final two
“We’ve got great young players and we’ve come close, but that’s where the frustration lies. Look at the two teams who’ve reached the final, we’re just as good as them.”
Meanwhile, speaking of Southgate, Redknapp appears to have criticized his decisions in the game – something he has berated in the past – and hinted at the fact that there could be other English managers who could do the same, or perhaps better, job to the one who did. with it.
He did a decent job, Gareth Southgate. But we shouldn’t think that no one else is there. There will be plenty of good managers who do just as well.
The former England midfielder has paid tribute to the talent in the young members of Southgate’s squad
Any young English coach in the Premier League, who deserves all this hope, would have led England to the quarter-finals, when you look at the teams we played.
If you look at the candidates now, you’ll see Graham Potter at Chelsea, Eddie Howe doing a great job at Newcastle. Frank Lampard, who has a great history playing for England, is at Everton. It didn’t work out with Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa, but any of those could have done as well as Southgate.
On Sunday, the Football Association announced in a statement that Southgate will continue in his role, as his current contract will lead him to the end of Euro 2024.
Some thought he was leaving.
Having agreed to stay, Redknapp said Southgate must now “make the most” of the talent at his disposal.
Redknapp encouraged Southgate to “make the most” of the opportunity he has – or earn it – and harness the talent in the squad to make it past the quarter-final stage at the next major tournament.
Gareth isn’t being silly, he knows there’s a great chance we’ll win the Euros and we’ll be better and better – so why hand over the baton and give someone else that chance?
Now Gareth was given this chance again – he made the most of it. Let’s not be happy with the quarter-final finish, we should expect more.
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