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Three lessons England men can learn from the Lionesses

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In the final against Germany, the old enemy were on top in the second half, so rather than look to dominate the ball, England switched to playing on the counter-attack and it worked. They were under intense pressure in the final and still won, comfortable in the knowledge they had a Plan B as well as a Plan A.

When Germany dragged them into a street brawl with rough tactics and deliberate provocation, England returned fire but did not lose their cool. It was controlled aggression.

Tournament management and substitutions

This is a difficult one for Southgate to copy as he is highly unlikely to be able to play the same starting XI from opening group game to final, should they get there. That is what Wiegman did and there is an argument that it backfired in both the Spain and Germany games, where the Lionesses struggled at times.

But what Wiegman trusted was the strength of her squad and, in general, she timed her substitutions perfectly. This is where Southgate needs to desperately improve. He waits too long to change things and is not able to make in game changes as effectively as his female counterparts.

Ellen White, the old warrior, was used to press and tire defenders, with the more explosive Alessia Russo sent on early in the second half. Russo scored four goals.

When Beth Mead, the tournament’s Golden Boot winner, tired, on came Chloe Kelly, who scored the winning goal in the final.

When England’s midfield was being overrun at Wembley, on came midfield destroyer Jill Scott to break up Germany’s play and give them a bit of a kick. She intimidated the Germans and wrestled back control.



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