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Friendly Match: England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 vs Ireland 🇮🇪

England vs Ireland: Friendly Match


October opened quite sweetly for the Three Lions, when they won 3-0 Wales and then followed by a 2-1 victory over the world's No.  1 team, Belgium.  That day, England were soon led, facing many difficulties in front of the Belgian midfield capable of holding the ball, but still successfully upstream thanks to 2 goals from Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount.  After that victory, the British press devoted a lot of words to praise teachers and coaches Gareth Southgate.  They commented that victories over world elite teams such as Belgium confirmed the young lions' progress.

However, in the midst of the most sublimation, the Three Lions suddenly received a 0-1 defeat at home to Denmark.  Harry Maguire's clumsy blockade caused England to receive an unreasonable goal.  That failure shows that in fact Southgate's machine still cannot find stability.  More importantly, this loss caused England to drop to 3rd in Group 2 League A and put them in a position to be forced to play the "final" match with Belgium this Sunday if they want to take the top of the group, which means 1 ticket.  attend the UEFA Nations League finals.  Under these circumstances, England needed a victory to regain confidence before their trip to Belgium.  So in the confrontation with the Republic of Ireland, Southagate is facing a dual mission, having to continue to experiment to find a new factor, just to launch a strong enough squad to win.

Maguire was suspended in the match against Belgium, so he will be given priority to start tonight.  The midfielder needs to confirm himself after making a mistake that caused him to lose to Denmark.  This is not to mention that Maguire's performance from the beginning of the new season at M.U is not good.  In the three-half midfield layout, Maguire is likely to pair with Tyrone Mings and Conor Coady, who are playing well in the Premier League since the beginning of the season.

On attack, Harry Kane is likely to be given a break to keep the strength to meet Belgium.  Marcus Rashford was also injured.  But Southgate still has a strong enough attack to face the Irish Republic with the presence of two alternative names, Calvert-Lewin and Jack Grealish.  This is a duo with extremely high form since the beginning of the season.  In particular, Grealish is also the biggest inspiration in the Three Lions' 3-0 victory over Wales.  Creativity is always a question mark for England.  And Grealish is expected to help Southgate overcome this weakness.

The Irish Republic is actually a very fit opponent for the Three Lions to achieve the goal of winning.  In the UEFA Nations League, this team is in League B and plays very badly.  After 4 matches, they have not won any match, only gaining 2 points.  Even the Republic of Ireland is at risk of relegation to League C. In the last match, coach Stephen Kenny's team lost 0-1 to Finland.  Their series of no wins also extended to number 6. The last time that the Irish Republic triumph was a 3-1 victory over a very weak opponent, New Zealand.  If counted in the official matches, 9 consecutive matches the Irish Republic did not know the smell of victory.

In terms of personnel, they also don't have the best force.  Experienced striker David McGoldrick has announced his farewell to the national team.  Sheffield Utd player Enda Stevens is also absent due to a knee injury.  The Irish Republic must call Seamus Coleman despite the defender's hamstring injury.



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