Harry Maguire says poor club form may be affecting England defence


Englands disappointing defeat in the Czech Republic may have been down into numerous players going into the break in club shape that was inferior, according to Harry Maguire.
Following Fridays 2-0 defeat, England have conceded eight goals in the previous five games. In that moment, Southgate has selected the exact back.
Maguire, who performed alongside Danny Rose, Michael Keane and Kieran Trippier in Prague, has become the mainstay from the defence since November and is keen to find a four.
Asked when there was a lack of optimism among the back-line Maguire replied:Yes, maybe.
We bring our club soccer into global level. It was a difficult game. Do not get me wrong, we started sloppy. We took the lead but we didnt deserve to.
The second half we controlled the game far more than the first half but we gave them a messy goal to win the game. We do need to improve on that.
Obviously youre wishing to create partnerships. Occasionally in level you can not really do this.
You have players who arent playing with their clubs so they dont get chosen, and you have players that pick up accidents.
You have got to adapt. Thats one of those parts of playing soccer, each camp you playing with players – you dont want to be – and will need to create partnerships.
But listen, there is no explanations. We need to be greater than Friday night. We will need to be going forward. We will need to be better over the chunk. And we certainly need to be better in keeping the ball from the net.
England may have sealed their qualification for Euro 2020. If they beat Kosovo and Bulgaria neglect to triumph against Montenegro However they could still qualify on Monday.
Southgate had success with England at the Russia World Cup in 2018 – carrying them – using a three and also admits he can revert to that system.
I think we are in a difficult situation in terms of the players that have played international soccer with us in that area of the pitch and who are playing frequently using their clubs, Southgate said.
So, thats part of the reason we didnt do that [against the Czech Republic].
It is definitely something we have considered and that I dont think we can dismiss.
Im not sure, before Monday, if thats the ideal thing to do but were very aware and analyzing those things.
Asked if theres enough time to employ a defensive change in system before Euro 2020, Southgate explained:I think , I think players participate in tactical concepts very fast, especially players.
So, we must keep reflecting on what is working, what is possible and learn from every experience we have.
We will learn a lot from [the Czech game]. We have had.
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