England in VAR trouble, but who should play for
DATE: 29.03.2018 - SOCCERVOICE - BLOG - SEASON 2017-18
is not happy with VAR at the moment, but we believe he should have
other thoughts on his mind
We love to see England do well, but in the day of
VAR, we cannot really agree with people like Alan Shearer, Gary
Lineker and Gareth Southgate when it goes against their team.
The fact that the VAR is getting the situation 100 % correct is what
matters. This is the way forward and it works well in other sports,
and in the game between England and Italy it was no problem with the
VAR system at all.
Watching the game, everything was very much under controll and VAR
never disrupted anything. The problem with footballers, fans,
pundits and managers, they want to win, even if the ref is doing a
fatal error as long as it is going in their favour.
Jamie Vardy scored England's goal in the 27th minute. Three Lions
were 1-0 up until the 88th minute when Italy correctly, with VAR,
was given a penalty. Insigne scored from the penalty spot.
Gareth Southgate should not worry too much about VAR, but instead
start building a team that can "go places" in Russia. England is one
of the countries that almost qualify for every World Cup and has
just missed three in the last 60 years. 1974, 1978 and 1994.
Southgate should be more concerned with his team selection and start
building a solid formation, a solid first 11, and really decide on
who he will play and what system to use.
England has a number of stars and they should be in the team. Harry
Kane, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young and Jamie Vardy
should all start, but behind them there are not easy to find
They are the players that should be first on the paper for Southgate,
the rest is down to more than thirty players to chose from. No one
expects England to win the World Cup, and they are far from it, but
Southgate should use the friendlies better than he does at the
The rotation is so huge that even the players that should be picked
first are not always playing, so that is a shame as well. Hopefully
Southgate will start consentrating on his team selection and forget
VAR, because some day he will be in favour when England gets an
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