29 Jan 2023

Gareth Southgate should have done much better at World Cup, says Jamie Redknapp

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England manager Gareth Southgate failed to get the best out of his players at the World Cup 2022, according to Jamie Redknapp. The former Liverpool star says that England should have certainly progressed beyond the quarter-finals given the talent at their disposal. Gareth Southgate has been in charge of the national team since 2016.

Since then, England have had several ups and downs that have not really impressed a lot of the pundits. Crucially, Jamie Redknapp is not happy with the record that England have achieved under circuit especially when it comes to the World Cup.

In his first major tournament since taking over, Southgate took England to a fourth-place finish at the World Cup 2018 in Russia. In the subsequent European championship, England produced one of their best performances at a major tournament to finish as the runner-up. This had led to tremendous expectations about the Three Lions leading up to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Many of the teams like Germany were not at their best and this was seen as a great opportunity for England to finally lift the World Cup for the first time since 1966. However, it did not pan out this way and England were knocked out at the quarter-finals following a defeat at the hands of France, who went on to reach the finals.
We could have done a lot more with the squad and the depth that we have. The substitutions we made weren't quick enough and we took off the wrong players.When I look at France and Argentina in the World Cup final, you think it could have been us. Argentina are a very good side but not out of this world. Lionel Messi gave them a point of difference and was the reason they won,” said Jamie Redknapp after the recent tournament.