England national team is preparing for their upcoming friendly matches with Italy and Netherlands. However, even though those are still friendly matches, Southgate should prepare for it well because World Cup is near and their only chance for preparation is both with Netherlands and Italy.
Southgate may have carefully picked his players, saying that all of them can play almost any position and deal with various challenges. These players can become great assets for the team, but they still need to address serious issues before they deal with Tunisia on their first World Cup match this June, 18.
As World Cup comes near, Italy and Netherlands will not be the only problems Southgate should deal with. Three months from now, England will also face Nigeria and Costa Rica in another friendly match.
Deciding the right position for everyone
With most of his players share similar set of skills, Southgate’s first challenge will be placing the right man on the right place.
The manager can begin with Hart to lead his teammates during the next friendly matches. His excellent performance with West Ham United is good enough for the manager to pick him as one of the four goalkeepers the England national team will put in their next 4 friendly matches.