With plenty of risks in tonight’s semi-final game, England manager Gareth Southgate stepped up with a peculiar first-team lineup.
Gareth Southgate enjoys being the wildcard. To prove exactly that, he is going ‘all in’ in the semifinal round in which England faces off the Netherlands.
The changes in question revolve around Harry Kane and his unexpected bench position during the match.
The UEFA Nations League is already getting heated, with Portugal already obtaining placement in the competition final.
Of course, this puts Southgate in a very unusual position, in which he has to bring in all forces to the field…minus Kane.
Instead of Kane, Southgate is keener on playing Raheem Sterling as a first-team striker. At the same time, Kane has been battling an injury, which may leave him unfit to endure the match.
As for Sterling, the striker recently became aggravated at Southgate, an issue for which Sterling apologized accordingly.
“I couldn’t tell you (why they sent it out), I woke up this morning fuming, so I had a conversation with Gareth.”
“I hadn’t had a conversation with anyone in my agency, so it was a strange one to wake up to,” said Sterling, according to the DailyMail.
“The first thing I did after I came off the phone to my agent was to see Gareth down the hallway. And, I apologized to him for what had happened. I don’t know where that’s come from.”
Sterling also commented on possibly captaining his team in tonight’s game.
“If the manager did do that, it’s something I’d be proud and happy to do for sure,” he said.
“I feel grown up. I always had a dream to play for them (England)and I never thought I’d be in with a chance to make a 50th cap..”
“A massive achievement for me. Something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life, and so will my family,” Southgate ended.