Gareth Southgate retracted criticism of England’s performance in their 1-0 defeat to relegated Italy on Friday.
A lackluster football match saw Italy steal all three points thanks to a second-half shot from Giacomo Raspadori, leading England to lose a fifth game without a win for the first time in eight years and confirming their relegation to the Nations League.
England were poor again that night in a performance that worried the fans watching world Cup The opening match against Iran is less than two months away.
But speaking to the media after the match, Southgate confirmed that there are positives: “[It’s] It’s hard for me to be too critical of a performance: more possession, more shots, more shots on goal.
“Personally, I felt the performance was a step in the right direction,” he added.
“[But] I appreciate because of the result that will not be reactive.
“I understand the reaction in the end, these are the results we got. It’s an emotional reaction.”
England They were booed off the field at the San Siro as their relegation was confirmed, having now failed to score in more than four hours of football.
They will face Germany at Wembley on Monday night in their last game before the World Cup in November, and their last chance to end a disastrous Nations League campaign with a victory, having lost all five group stage matches so far.