The Euros are over, finally. We can concentrate on the Reds again. We can direct all of our attention towards Jürgen Klopp regaining the Premier League title. However, before we move on, we need to address what happened at the weekend. Gareth Southgate made a grave error not starting Jordan Henderson in the Euro 2020 final.
Euro 2020 final
The Euro 2020 final was a largely drab affair.
The highest quality game of the tournament was likely the semi final between Italy and Spain.
England went ahead after just a couple of minutes and thereafter it was defence against attack.
Sure, the Italians took a little while to settle down but once they did they dominated proceedings.
England didn’t have an attack to speak of for large swathes of the game.
When Leonardo Bonucci poked home a rebound in the second half it was well deserved.
Roberto Mancini’s side should’ve wrapped it up in normal time, it is a miracle for England that they didn’t.
Eventually the Italians won the game on penalties with a trio of heroes missing for England. Some of the bravest lads in the game, some of the best role models the English game has had for years.
Jordan Henderson mistake in Euro 2020 final
Due to a severe injury picked up in February we didn’t see Jordan Henderson start a game at Euro 2020.
The Reds’ skipper made five appearances from the bench instead.
Ok, it’s understandable why he wouldn’t start whilst recovering from injury but by the final he’d thoroughly proved his fitness.
This is a man who has captained his side to European, English and world titles.
When you are in a major final you simply cannot leave him out.
Further to Hendo’s leadership he controls a midfield like nobody else in the England squad.
Italy had too much time on the ball in the middle, this wouldn’t have been the case with Henderson there.
The Reds’ skipper is adept at winning the ball high up the pitch and creating a chance on the back of it.
Instead, England went ahead and were forced to dig in. It was the wrong decision.
Throw Hendo in there and you can still play on the front foot or at the very least counter effectively.