2022年世界盃:"這是英格蘭主教練加雷斯-索斯蓋特的時刻,他要兌現承諾

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2022年世界盃:"這是英格蘭主教練加雷斯-索斯蓋特的時刻,他要兌現承諾

這屆世界盃是加雷斯-索斯蓋特的時刻--這是他自2016年被任命為英格蘭主教練以來所做的一切的頂點。

作為這一過程的一部分,他在國際賽場上創造了這種俱樂部環境,並堅持使用人們一直告訴他不要使用的球員。

現在我們在卡塔爾,就像他一直告訴我們的關於這支球隊的一切都必須要實現。

這是交付的時刻,他們有能力這樣做,所以我對他們的世界盃開始感到非常興奮。

由於英格蘭隊在國家聯賽中表現不佳,他們的前景受到了一些否定,但當我想到他們在上一場對陣德國隊的比賽中下半場的表現,我的感覺恰恰相反。

是的,那場比賽以平局告終,但它仍然感覺是球員們決定在一場令人震驚的運動之後,向所有人展示他們的能力的時刻。

這就是索斯蓋特所灌輸的俱樂部精神的作用。它可以把你帶到一起,你可以有這樣的時刻,當你作為一個團隊在經歷了一個糟糕的時期後完全扭轉了局面。

不能保證英格蘭隊會在卡塔爾的比賽中再接再厲,但我樂觀地認為他們會這樣做。

雖然我希望英格蘭隊能在小組賽期間產生一些動力,但這並不意味着他們必須直接進入狀態。

卡洛斯-奎羅斯的伊朗隊將非常頑強,在周一B組的首場比賽中很難被擊垮。

他們不會讓英格蘭隊輕易得手,除非他們早早取得進球,否則有時會讓人感到沮喪。

我對他們會贏得比賽非常有信心,但我不認為這應該是一場球迷應該感到惱火的比賽,如果他們沒有出色的表現來獲得正確的結果。

選擇一個系統--並堅持下去

除了勝利,我還想在周一看到其他一些東西,首先是索斯蓋特將在整個比賽中使用的系統。

關於他應該用三後衛還是四後衛的問題,有很大的討論。

我有一種感覺,索斯蓋特想用三個中鋒,因為在國家聯賽中發生的事情暴露了使用四後衛的一些問題。

但是你聽到很多人說他應該用四人防守來對付伊朗和所謂的弱隊,然後在比賽後期對陣更強硬的對手時再換人。

我不同意。索斯蓋特應該選擇一個系統並堅持下去,讓球隊進入這樣的比賽節奏。

解除貝林漢姆的桎梏

我預計索斯蓋特會採用與我上面的球隊相同的體系,但人員可能會有所不同。

我覺得他可能會在後防線上更傾向於埃里克-迪爾而不是本-懷特,我認為他將在英格蘭隊的左邊進攻中使用拉希姆-斯特林而不是菲爾-福登。

不過,無論他選擇誰,有一些球員將需要從陣型中獲得一些自由。

打五後衛的最大問題是,你可能會在球場上有太多的防守型球員,儘管他們可能非常有能力向前沖。

在這支英格蘭隊中,這可能會影響到裘德-貝林漢姆,因為如果邊後衛都在高位,你可能會要求你的兩名中場球員更多地坐鎮。

德克蘭-賴斯和卡爾文-菲利普斯在一起踢球時有時會這樣做,但在2020年歐洲杯期間,菲利普斯的前插非常好。

我希望在這樣的比賽中,貝林漢姆可以擺脫桎梏,向前沖,創造東西。

這在對陣伊朗的比賽中會很重要,這就是為什麼主教練的信息從一開始就必須是正確的。

如果貝林漢姆被告知他在賴斯身邊是為了讓防守更安全一些,你只是要求你的前場三人去攻擊一個在球後有很多身體的防守的球隊。

這將使人們認為索斯蓋特的英格蘭隊是務實和消極的,而不是自由流動和前腳的--我不希望他們以這種方式開始世界盃。

凱恩能否邁出通往金靴的第一步?

英格蘭隊必須有耐心,無論他們以何種方式比賽,並意識到這個小組比2018年更具挑戰性,當時他們摧毀了突尼斯和巴拿馬,並在兩場比賽後進入16強。

但我毫不懷疑他們會擊敗伊朗,因為我不認為他們能在整場比賽中把英格蘭擋住。

他們有這麼多優秀的足球運動員,而且,除此之外,他們最好的球員--哈里-凱恩--正以最好的狀態進入重大決賽,而且身體健康。

沒有球員曾兩次贏得世界盃金靴獎,所以凱恩知道他可以在卡塔爾創造歷史。

看到他在對陣伊朗的比賽中打進一些球,有一個良好的開端,這難道不是很好嗎?

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This World Cup is Gareth Southgate's moment - it's the culmination of everything he has done since he was appointed England manager in 2016.

As part of that process, he has created this club environment in the international set-up and stuck with players that people have been telling him not to.

Now we are in Qatar and it's like everything he has been telling us about this team has to come together.

This is the moment to deliver and they are capable of doing that, so I am feeling very excited about their World Cup getting under way.

There is some negativity around England's prospects here because of their poor Nations League campaign, but when I think about their performance in the second half of their last game, against Germany, I feel quite the opposite.

Yes, that game ended in a draw, but it still felt like a moment where the players decided that, after a shocking campaign, they would show everyone what they can do.

That's what the club spirit Southgate has instilled can do. It can bring you together and you can have those moments when you turn things around completely as a team after a poor spell.

It's not guaranteed that England will build on that performance in Qatar, but I am optimistic that they will.

While I'm looking for England to generate some momentum during the group stage, that doesn't mean they have to hit their stride straight away.

Carlos Queiroz's Iran side are going to be very stubborn and difficult to break down in their opening game in Group B on Monday.

They won't make it easy for England and, unless they get an early goal, it will be frustrating at times.

I am extremely confident that they will win it, but I don't think it should be a game where fans should get irritated if they don't perform brilliantly to get the right result.

Choose a system - and stick with it

As well as the win, there are some other things I'd like to see on Monday, starting with a system that Southgate will use throughout the tournament.

There is a big discussion over whether he should play with three or four at the back.

I have a feeling Southgate wants to play with three centre-halves, because what happened in the Nations League exposed a few problems with using four at the back.

But you hear a lot of people saying he should play with a four-man defence against Iran and the so-called weaker sides, before switching later in the tournament against tougher opposition.

I disagree. Southgate should choose a system and stay with it, to let the team get into a rhythm of playing that way.

Take the shackles off Bellingham

I am expecting Southgate to go with the same system as my team above, but the personnel might be different.

I feel like he might lean more towards Eric Dier than Ben White at the back, and I think he'll go with Raheem Sterling on the left of England's attack instead of Phil Foden.

Whoever he picks, though, there are some players who will need some freedom from the formation.

The biggest issue with playing five at the back is that you can end up with too many defensive-minded players on the pitch, even though they might be very capable going forward.

In this England team, it could impact on Jude Bellingham because if the wing-backs are both high up the pitch you might ask your two midfield players to sit in more.

Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips did that at times when they played together, but during Euro 2020 Phillips got forward really well.

I would hope that in a game like this the shackles are off for Bellingham to go forward and create things.

That's going to be important against Iran, which is why the message from the manager has to be the right one from the start.

If Bellingham is told that he is there next to Rice to make the defence a bit more secure, you are just asking your front three to go and attack a team defending deep with a lot of bodies behind the ball.

That would play into the perception that Southgate's England team are pragmatic and negative rather than free-flowing and on the front foot - and I don't want them to start the World Cup that way.

Can Kane take first steps to Golden Boot?

England must be patient, whichever way they play, and realise this group is more challenging than in 2018 when they destroyed Tunisia and Panama and reached the last 16 after two games.

But I have no doubt they will beat Iran, because I don't think they can keep England out for the whole game.

They have got so many good footballers right through the team and, on top of that, their best player - Harry Kane - is in the best form he's ever been in coming into a major finals, and is fit as a fiddle.

No player has won the World Cup Golden Boot twice, so Kane knows he can make history in Qatar.

Wouldn't it be nice to see him get off to a good start with some goals against Iran?

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