Gary Neville sends strong warning to Gareth Southgate after England and Slovenia draw - 'Mismanage'

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Gary Neville has warned Gareth Southgate that he can't afford to 'mismanage' top talents after England's 0-0 draw with Slovenia on Tuesday night

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway


Published: 25/06/2024

- 23:04

The Manchester United icon has opened up after the disappointing result at Euro 2024

Gary Neville has warned Gareth Southgate that he can't afford to 'mismanage' top talents after England's 0-0 draw with Slovenia on Tuesday night.

The Three Lions went into the game hoping to silence their critics after previously struggling in fixtures against Denmark and Serbia.


But England were flat again on Tuesday, even if they dominated the ball.

Pressure is mounting on the squad over in Germany, with Southgate also blasted by fans on social media in the aftermath of the result.

Gary Neville England Slovenia

Gary Neville has warned Gareth Southgate that he can't afford to 'mismanage' top talents after England's 0-0 draw with Slovenia on Tuesday night

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And Neville, speaking on ITV, has warned Southgate he cannot afford to 'mismanage' his star-studded squad.

"I'm certain that Kobbie Mainoo will start in the next game," he said.

"He thought that Conor Gallagher might be an option because of his energy but we need someone in there that can get us playing and Mainoo does that.

"Adam Wharton could do that too.

"We looked so basic in the first half.

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"It was a struggle to watch but it moved forward a lot in the second half even though we didn't get the result but there was glimpses of what we can be."

He added: "England have Cole Palmer, Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham, Kobbie Mainoo, Phil Foden - massive, massive talents and we cannot afford to mismanage them."

Harry Kane believes it's time for some perspective, despite England's issues at Euro 2024 so far.

It isn't all doom and gloom, with the Three Lions finishing top of their group - something that was the aim at the start of the competition.

But Kane also did admit that England can improve.

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He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "If you look at previous tournaments we have played our best football in the knockout rounds.

"Last Euros against Germany, Ukraine and Denmark, so for sure there is more to come.

"Always the objective is to get through the group without any mishaps. We can improve, we know that, but you have to enjoy these moments when you finish top."

On England's last 16 opponents, he added: "It is going to be difficult no matter who we play.

"Looking across the groups there have been some tough battles, there are no easy games now in these competitions.

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Gary Neville feels England must perform better under Gareth Southgate after their flat draw with Slovenia at Euro 2024

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"The important part of the tournament starts now, where it all counts and hopefully we can build some momentum."

And England star Jordan Pickford is pleased the 'job is done', despite the Three Lions looking unconvincing once again.

He said: "The job is done, finish top of your group.

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England forward Harry Kane believes more is to come from his side despite their struggles in their goalless draw with Slovenia

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"No game is easy and we are going to come under criticism - we have to deal with that.

"We have finished top of the group and we have not played our best.

"Tonight we showed more quality with the ball, we kept them pinned in and we defended really well - there is still more to come."

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