Three things Southgate got wrong as England beat Andorra in World Cup qualifier

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Gareth Southgate might be tempered with his celebrations on Saturday night after England thrashed Andorra in the Pyrenees mountains.

However, that does not mean that he got everything quite right on Saturday night – despite a resounding 5-0 win.

The victory takes the Three Lions one step closer to qualification for the World Cup next year in Qatar.

But after already being four points clear at the top of their group, that should already be in the bag and this was a chance for England to flex their muscles in terms of squad depth.

And that was proven by the goalscorers on the night with Ben Chilwell, Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham, James Ward-Prowse and Jack Grealish all scoring – despite some arguably being second-string players for the nation.

So, where did Southgate go wrong?

Where is Bellingham?

When the news filtered through that Jude Bellingham was not in the squad, there were some eyebrows raised.

But the justification was that Southgate did not want to burn out the 18-year-old during the early stages of his career.

Yet when Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka were named in the line-up tonight, that excuse seemed to wither away while this match would have been a perfect exhibition for the Borussia Dortmund starlet.

The teenager already has eight caps with England and has shown enough talent to prove that he could be a staple of the national side for years and years to come.

Master Foden

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There is no denying who deserves the man of the match award after a spectacular display in midfield for the Three Lions.

But there might be a tinge of regret from Southgate that he did not utilise Foden slightly further forward after dominating throughout the contest.

The talent of the Manchester City star is undeniable and, as Ian Wright stated in the ITV studio, he is a certified world-class player.

Had Foden been played up the pitch more, there is every chance that England could have scored even more through his remarkable ball distribution and mesmerising dribbling skill.

Defensive partnership

To Conor Coady's credit, the Wolves defender was a fine addition to the team and did not put a foot wrong – but that is the least expected against Andorra when you put an England shirt on.

What would have made more sense would have been putting Harry Maguire alongside John Stones to continue their relationship as a defensive duo.

Concentration is a massive part of a defender's game – especially for the ones that play in sides that dominate possession.

And, while their club managers might not be too impressed, it is important for England for the future that Stones and Maguire gel as much as possible together.

  • England Football Team
  • Gareth Southgate
  • World Cup

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