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Is Gareth Southgate losing the locker room? England's players seem to think so!

Honestly, you don’t need insider information to figure out that all doesn’t seem too well within the England soccer camp. It’s visible. The Three Lions somehow saved face in the RO16 thanks to last-minute goals from Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane. It looked like Gareth Southgate‘s side had their bags packed and return tickets booked, right until the 95th minute, with the team showcasing subpar standards at best. The manager has again come under heavy criticism for his tactics and his team selection, and at this point, it’ll be quite stunning if the dressing room atmosphere is calm.

A lot of experts have spoken out against the English coach, with many claiming he hasn’t made the most of the team at his disposal, not the first tournament in which he’s been blamed either. Well, they aren’t completely wrong, as England arguably had the best squad on paper heading into the Euros. However, their performances have not been even close to 25% of what was expected of them.

With pressure mounting on the players to perform, something has to break.

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Either it’s the players or it’s the team’s string of poor performances. In an appearance on talkSPORT’s Euro Breakfast show, Alan Brazil dropped a jaw-dropping revelation about the English camp, stating, “Not trying to cause any trouble…but just last week I heard that all is not well in the camp. It came from a player”.

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“And I’m not putting knives out there, I’m just saying maybe it does make sense the way England have not been – I won’t say struggle but will say disappointing so far,” he concluded. This might be pretty legit considering multiple English players in the team haven’t got ample play time. Even the game against Slovakia saw Gareth Southgate refuse to make changes till the dying minutes, and while his gamble did work out, we could have been in a completely different storm of criticism if England lost the match.

Gareth Southgate NEEDS to turn things around!

England might be up against their biggest challenge in the quarterfinals as they face Switzerland on the road to the finals. The Swiss side has shown they are ready to take the fight to the big dogs and won’t be an easy fixture for the Three Lions to cakewalk through. Paired with the fact that England has been really disappointing with their display, the team could be put to shame if they aren’t prepared for the fixture. A lot will depend on head coach Gareth Southgate, as his tactics and selections could make or break the game.

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The team’s defense looks sorted but might need a little change against Switzerland. Kieran Trippier had a bad day at work against Slovakia before getting taken off because of a knock. Trent Alexander-Arnold could be a great option in the inverted role and should get the nod over Luke Shaw, who is yet to get a single minute. Meanwhile, the midfield could also look for a little freshness as both Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden haven’t been able to make the most of their chances in the last four games.

Ivan Toney, Cole Palmer, Ollie Watkins, and Anthony Gordon are more than capable options of getting any attacking job done. In fact, the Chelsea talisman was once ahead of Erling Haaland to win the EPL’s domestic golden boot! For years, the fans have expected Southgate to have some flexibility, but it is a similar storyline all over again.

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England’s average first-sub window is in the 59th minute, SLOWER than Germany, Spain, and 11 other nations in the Euros.

In fact, Gareth had only used 11 of his 15 available substitute slots in the group stage, which was the lowest. Official data suggests that England ran 151 km in the Slovakia game. On the other hand, Switzerland covered only 111 km against Italy. That’s a marathon-worthy difference. Why wouldn’t you optimally use your bench then as the head coach of England?