WWell, it quickly escalated. For Gareth Southgate and his English player, this was an uneasy and highly toxic night, but of course for Southgate himself, not just his feet, but his tired frame as a whole was fierce public opinion. Wrapped in the fire of.
England came to Molino and regained momentum by ending this exhausted Nations League stupid season with a victory. What they got was 90 minutes of pain, lactic acid, a bruise, and the feeling that something was disappearing in the middle.
When Southgate arrived on the pitch in the 90th minute, he was booed angry from every corner. There was real anger and a cry of betrayal. Of course, this is a lot of background for last year. Southgate is Britain’s most successful modern manager. Southgate is a decent, hardworking man. Southgate has led England brilliantly anyway.
But England fans didn’t like Southgate, and even without a stick to defeat him, Southgate was defeated. Even without a record of defeat, success alone has labeled him a failure. Almost constant victories, goals, and even executions of golden moments have thrown English managers as a joy of fraud and slaughter.
Well, the public got what they wanted here. Finally, some flesh, some substance, the actual crime to prosecute the guilty man. The defeat to Hungary can be shaken off. 4-0 home thrashing by Hungary is something else while England simply collapsed. This was a really terrible performance that ended the 11-day Odyssey. Play 4 times, lose 2 times, draw 2 times, score 1 time (Kane, Pen).
All teams and all sports organizations are willing, spiritual and shared acts that want this to work. And in the second half, England was simply an evaporating team with inconsistent resistance. It was sometimes almost cartoon. When Hungary’s third goal was skimmed by Zsolt Nagy into the lower corner of England’s net, it was filled with a ferocious roar from high distant fans on distant stands. And from the rest of Molino due to boos, abuse, inconsistent anger, and you thought it wouldn’t get worse, at least.
After all, that’s right. Two minutes later, England had ten, and John Stones was sent off because he accidentally hit his elbow on his face. Indeed, we are bottoming out now. But not! With six minutes remaining, 3-0, Southgate took off from Bukayo Saka and sent Harry Maguire to another angry swell.
And, of course, Southgate will receive a great deal of abuse and the internal organs of many commentators in the coming days. This has already happened and England has lost only once in the last 18 months. There is talk that he should go now, he is not worthy of patience, margins, sympathy, the first straw is the last straw.
But one of the last strange things here is that players were applauded by the pitch, even when the South Gate was booed. The same player who didn’t want to participate in these games played as they didn’t. Of course, it’s the manager’s job to deal with this. But who among those players performed to an acceptable level here? Reece James? Marc Guéhi? Anyone else? Kane tried it and he didn’t stop running, but sometimes it might be better to spend the second half in nightcaps and pajamas. Kalvin Phillips was well below his best. Jude Bellingham looked like him at the age of 18. Conor Gallagher fought vaguely. No one in a white shirt had stardust or vitality.
The Stones spent a terrible night running around the pitch like a Roman siege tower bouncing back in a white shirt, bullied and ragged about the place by the wonderfully posed Adam Sarai who found the path.
Szalai has a great foot and thirst for contact, and for some reason the guy with the shadow cult hero career in the Premier League never happened. Has he never played for Everton? The mild irony here is that Southgate did what he was asked to do.
England played 4-3-3, had only one midfielder, and had an exciting young player on the pitch. They also started well and then simply fell apart as Hungary took the lead thanks to some terrible defenses.
Twenty-three minutes later, when England turned the ball in front of the packed Hungarian midfield, there was already bark, screaming and bark.
Is this useful? Is it worth it? But England has also discovered a new kind of problem in these games. The malaise of the ball, the old peculiar feeling of playing through the body of the bogey, the midfielder who can’t turn with the ball, always play wrong.
There was a change in half the time. South Gate has switched to 3-5-2. Britain has deteriorated. Sometimes they looked like a spectrum and the team was in the process of disappearing. And perhaps there was another lesson here.
If you ask for something enough times: you may get it.