Gareth Southgate was left livid after his side were denied a late equaliser against Spain in the Nations League on Saturday night, but the England manager showed his jovial side in training on Sunday.
Southgate felt that Danny Welbeck’s late effort, which was ruled out for a challenge on goalkeeper David De Gea, should have stood, with England falling to a 2-1 defeat at Wembley.
The players who were on the bench against Spain, with the exception of Danny Rose, who entered the fray in the 53rd minute as a replacement for the injured Luke Shaw, were in attendance during the training session at St George’s Park.
England manager Gareth Southgate looks to chase Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph
Delph looks to sprint away from Southgate as he rises to the challenge that he has been set
Delph’s speed proves too much for Southgate, who cannot keep up with the 28-year-old
Southgate seemed to be particularly enjoying himself as he attempted to chase Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, who succeeded in getting away from him.
With numbers depleted, Southgate spent part of the session as a player, where he was joined by the likes of Welbeck, Kyle Walker and Eric Dier.
Others who didn’t start against Spain include talented youngsters Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as well as Burnley defender James Tarkowski.
With none of the starting lineup against Spain involved Southgate made up the numbers
Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier (left) and Manchester City defender Kyle Walker both trained
Trent Alexander-Arnold (left) and Danny Welbeck will be looking to start against Switzerland
Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Alex McCarthy and Marcus Bettinelli also trained as the England squad maintained their fitness.
Southgate could make several alterations to his side for Tuesday’s friendly against Switzerland, which is being played at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.
Welbeck, who was lively following his introduction off the bench against Spain, is amongst those who will be aiming to start.
Despite only having a small group to work with Southgate was eager to get his message across
Southgate wants to ensure England don’t suffer what would be a record fourth defeat in a row
Southgate shows his passing ability as he is closed down by Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek
McCarthy and Bettinelli, meanwhile, are the only two uncapped members of the England squad and will be hoping to be involved in some capacity against Switzerland.
The loss to Spain saw England suffer their third defeat in succession – the first time that has happened for thirty years – and they will be determined to return to winning ways against a Switzerland side that commenced their own Nations League campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of Iceland.
After receiving much praise for England’s progression to the semi-finals at the World Cup, Southgate is aware that another defeat would enable doubts to creep back in. Should England be beaten it would represent their worst losing run ever.
Welbeck thought he had scored a late equaliser against Spain but the goal was ruled out
Loftus-Cheek, another who will be hoping for some game time, battles with Delph