a reply to: McGinty
Grealish would be the first name on my team sheet.
He provides that spark, something different and unpredictable that other teams can't really plan for.
I get the impression Southgate doesn't like unpredictability.
Everything is measured and ordered.
And he plans NOT to lose rather than to win games.
England undoubtedly has a talented bunch of players at present.
I fear that yet again we will fail to get the best out of them.
Southgate is a safe pair of hands for the F.A., nothing controversial at all.
And that is shown in his team selections and tactics.
Sterling looked a little bit like his former self today, but for me Grealish poses the greater threat.
Kalvin Phillips was a revelation today.
Will he be able to repeat that performance on a consistent basis and/or against top teams like France, Germany etc?
I'm not convinced with either full back and both central defenders are prone to lapses of concentration.
And there lies the problem; little confidence in the defence so Southgate plays two holding midfielders thus reducing options further upfield.
Mason Mount would be my second name on the team sheet.
Fantastic player but he can at times drift out of games - I thought he did that today.
Good though todays performance was I still think we lack the intensity and creativity to beat the best teams.
I sincerely hope I am wrong.