Guehi’s Solid Performance in England’s Defense
With John Stones sidelined due to injury, other center-backs have had to step up for the England national football team this month. Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi delivered an assured display alongside Harry Maguire as England maintained their unbeaten record at the top of Group C on their path to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Guehi made his England debut in a friendly victory over Switzerland in March of the previous year. The recent draw against Poland in Wroclaw marked his fifth appearance for the national team. England manager Gareth Southgate acknowledged the challenge that Guehi faced in one of his early qualifying matches.
Southgate’s Assessment of Guehi
Gareth Southgate praised Guehi’s performance, especially considering the circumstances. He highlighted Guehi’s composure, lack of haste, and strong positional play during the match. The England manager expressed his satisfaction with Guehi’s contribution, recognizing the young center-back’s potential.
Harry Kane’s Passing Ability
In the same match, Harry Kane provided an assist to Kyle Walker for England’s lone goal. Kane emphasized the significance of his passing ability in his overall game. As the captain of the England team, he stressed the importance of being actively involved in orchestrating attacking plays through his passing skills. Kane believes that his passing can be a potent weapon against opponents.
England’s Control and Unfortunate Lack of Finishing
Kane reflected on England’s overall performance in the match, stating that they controlled the game for the majority of the 90 minutes. However, he acknowledged that their effectiveness in the final third of the pitch was somewhat lacking. Despite hitting the crossbar and not performing at their best, England managed to secure a valuable point. Kane viewed this as a positive sign of a strong team, capable of achieving results even when not at their peak.