DANNY MURPHY: England grew up as a team with conviction, maturity and patience
DANNY MURPHY: England grew up as a team with conviction, maturity and patience and two successful tournaments gave them a boost
- England were very confident and assured against Hungary on Thursday
- There have been some positive changes with Kalvin Phillips playing ahead of Declan Rice
- Jack Grealish to improve Manchester City collaboration with Pep Guardiola
Gareth Southgate’s personality and intelligence mean he’s never going to be someone who thinks he’s got it all sorted out, and the same goes for his right-hand man, Steve Holland.
They are both humble enough and aware that they are always learning and, as you discover more by seeing your teams in big tournaments, it is inevitable that lessons will have been learned from Euro 2020 even if it does. acted as England’s best performance in 55 years.
What I saw against Hungary, where England made a switch (Jack Grealish for Kieran Trippier) and went down to four, it’s a very confident and self-assured team. You can see that two successful tournaments gave them a boost.
England manager Gareth Southgate (left) and his right-hand man Steve Holland (right)
There was faith, maturity and patience. Even in the first half, when you thought they had to make something, there was no rush. They didn’t invite panic.
I liked their confidence, they seemed like a comfortable team with each other. I also liked that Kalvin Phillips and Mason Mount played in front of Declan Rice instead of Phillips playing next to Rice, like in some Euro games.
When you think of Qatar and if England are going to be more at the forefront and follow the teams, it could happen naturally as confidence grows.
England players are comfortable with each other after recent tournaments
Moreover, Grealish will play Champions League football for the first time this season and will undoubtedly improve his collaboration with Pep Guardiola.
You will therefore have a more complete footballer than he was at the Euro.