England boss Gareth Southgate makes complaint as criticism mounts following Denmark draw

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England boss Gareth Southgate has complained that his side aren't 'using the ball well enough' following their 1-1 draw with Denmark at Euro 2024 on Thursday

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway


Published: 20/06/2024

- 19:49

Updated: 20/06/2024

- 20:00

The 53-year-old has spoken out after his side struggled for the second Euro 2024 match in a row

England boss Gareth Southgate has complained that his side aren't 'using the ball well enough' following their 1-1 draw with Denmark at Euro 2024 on Thursday.

The match ended with honours even after first half goals from Harry Kane and Morten Hjulmand, with both teams forced to settle for a point.


Denmark were superior to England, having more of the ball and more shots than their rivals - who were strangely insipid throughout the match.

Southgate has been criticised online by many fans, with supporters stunned by how flat England look at the tournament so far.

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England boss Gareth Southgate has complained that his side aren't 'using the ball well enough' following their 1-1 draw with Denmark at Euro 2024 on Thursday

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And the 53-year-old feels his team aren't good enough on the ball at the current moment in time.

Speaking to BBC One, he said: "Clearly not what we would have hoped [for].

"We're not using the ball well enough and we have to accept that if you do that you will suffer at times as we have tonight.

"We know there's another level we have to find."

England appear to always drop deep once scoring, something that's become a common theme during Southgate's time in charge of the team.

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Yet the former Middlesbrough boss insists that's not something he tells members of his squad to do.

"No. I think we've played teams that are quite fluid in back threes and it's not easy to get pressure on them but we've got to do that better than we have in these last two matches," he continued.

"Not keeping the ball has been another problem."

One player who has toiled for England, in matches against both Serbia and Denmark, is Trent Alexander-Arnold - with the Liverpool star currently playing in midfield.

And Southgate, when asked why he took off the Reds maestro, explained by his decision by saying: "I wanted Conor [Gallagher] on. We needed energy, we needed to press better.

"Conor does that very well.

"He's [Alexander-Arnold] had some moments where he's delivered what we thought he would.

"We know it's an experiment. We know we don't have a natural replacement for Kalvin Philips.

"We're trying different things and at the moment we're not flowing as we'd like."

Another decision that raised eyebrows was taking off Kane, with the 30-year-old struggling to make much of an impact - despite his early goal.

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And when quizzed on his decision to take off the Bayern Munich star, Southgate explained himself by saying: "We needed energy.

"We've had two games in a short turnaround and we needed fresh legs, energy to press.

"I think Harry has only had one 90 minutes in over a month so that was the decision we took."

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England drew with Denmark at Euro 2024 with Harry Kane scoring for the Three Lions

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On how much work England have to do if they're to win the tournament, he added: "There's a huge amount of work, that's evident from the two performances we've given and we've got to be tight.

"We understand people will be disappointed with the performances and rightly so and we've got to make them better."

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