With a perfect record on the line, England’s Gareth Southgate advises against complacency
When England takes on Poland on Wednesday, manager Gareth Southgate knows his team can’t afford to be complacent as they attempt to keep their perfect record in World Cup qualification.
The Three Lions have won all five of their games in Group I so far.
England’s last two games have resulted in 4-0 victories, but Southgate expects a stiff test against Poland, who are now in second position.
He remarked, “We’re in a good spot right now, and the team is performing well.”
“We have a group of players that are all more than happy to participate and are doing so well.
Those times, though, are perilous because if we become complacent, we will be entering a game that will be difficult.
It’s a high degree of motivation, but it also protects us from thinking we’re better than we are. Because we are all working hard for each other, we are obtaining wonderful outcomes. “
Southgate will also be encouraged by the fact that his recent success has come despite a lot of personnel changes.
For the recent games against Hungary and Andorra, the 51-year-old picked two completely different starting 11s, both of which culminated in 4-0 victories.
Southgate believes this demonstrates England’s current strength in depth.
“You can debate who our strongest team is,” he continued, “but the team that played in Hungary, we were certainly able to rest those guys after the game.”
“There is still a lot of competition for spots in this group, so it’s not as simple as saying we won that game and this team will go out and perform at the same level again.”
In March, England defeated Poland 2-1 at Wembley, but the visitors were missing record striker Robert Lewandowski.
However, the Bayern Munich striker is returning to face England this time, and Southgate is well aware that having him in the team will put Poland to the test.