Gareth Southgate learns a lot from England's promising win in Holland

Gareth Southgate has confirmed Jordan Pickford will start in goal against Holland on Friday

Gareth Southgate has confirmed Jordan Pickford will start in goal against Holland on Friday

Confused? England should be glad this was such a poor Dutch side because the lack of clear strategy can seem freakish, particularly when there are only three games now - or 270 minutes - to finalise their plans.

Racism is just one of a list of concerns for the England team and fans travelling to the World Cup in June.

The first chance fell to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who fired a shot right at goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet, while Lingard went wide with his effort, although replays confirmed it took a deflection.

"I feel as though the responsibility is shared, which is why the manager chose to share the captaincy out over the a year ago or so, which I feel again has helped us as a team".

'Personally I would because I've spent some time in Russian Federation and felt incredibly comfortable there, ' he added.

"His last three matches for us have been outstanding and he's really unfortunate to be out of the City team", he said.

"The comments about that team were disgusting".

"I think that was a good test for us", England boss Southgate told ITV Sport.

Pickford has beaten off competition from Jack Butland Joe Hart and Nick Pope
Pickford has beaten off competition from Jack Butland Joe Hart and Nick Pope

"We had the option to bring him here and treat him here but we've made a decision to have him back at base".

Joe Gomez and Kyle Walker, who have played in that position with their clubs lately, were yoked together in a back three with John Stones, another who spent most of his early career as a right-back.

"I thought the back three were excellent", said Southgate.

But Southgate declared: "It's of little interest to me what the foreign secretary thinks about it".

With the World Cup fast approaching, attention is starting to turn to who will make Gareth Southgate's England squad for the tournament.

"There are still things going on in our own country that aren't correct around racism".

Netherlands came into the friendly fixture on a five-game winning run yet barely troubled goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in Koeman's first game in charge. So form is important, ' he added. Southgate is expecting the focus to be on football, not politics, once the tournament starts.

Rather than focusing on issues in Russia, Southgate says English football has its own problems that need addressing to rid similar instances from the game. They're health requirements. It's not about maximising performance.' The use of asthma medication in some sports such as cycling has led to claims they are used to boost performance rather than treat ailments.

AU Chief calls for urgent application of African CFTA
Quartey said, however, this would not be a big problem since African leaders are committed to creating a single African market. But some of the continent's strongest and fastest-growing economies, including Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia, signed the deal.

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