If you’re hanging on to a narrow lead it doesn’t make sense to throw a few subs on if it risks upsetting the entire shape of the team, but you do expect to see a couple of changes.
It allows fresh legs to come on and help see the game out, if it’s done properly then you can waste a few minutes actually making the changes, and it can allow tired players who might make mistakes to come off the field.
England were only a few minutes away from coming away with all three points tonight, but they were caught with a late equaliser after some static defending in injury time.
Gareth Southgate’s men should still qualify easily as group winners so it might not be a disaster, but the concern has always been that he doesn’t learn from mistakes on the big stage and it could cost England again if they get to another final.
Opinions do seem to be split after this one, but there are a few fans who are not happy with Southgate’s inability to make the right call when things are tight:
Why has Southgate not made a sub in that game?
— sam eldridge (@sameld) September 8, 2021
— Jack Jordan-Bell (@jack_JB) September 8, 2021
— George Marsh (@Beatletown) September 8, 2021
Cannot understand why Southgate don't make subs. Was crying out for some fresh legs.
— hammersfan (@Hammer_trev) September 8, 2021
Why did Southgate not make any subs?? That’s the umpteenth time he’s done that!! Absolutely crazy ?@GarethSouthgate
— Universal Mind Health (@UniversalMindH1) September 8, 2021
Gareth Southgate is absolutely clueless.. 90 minutes and no subs made #POLENG
— James (@jamesRichard96) September 8, 2021
Southgate not making a SINGLE sub has cost us that game.
— Dan ?? (@DanLewis1999) September 8, 2021