Allardyce reveals concerns about England ahead of Colombia clash

first_img 2 Southgate made eight changes for England’s final group game Marcus Rashford missed a good chance for England against Belgium Speaking on the Sports Breakfast, former England boss Allardyce said: “One thing that does worry me slightly is we haven’t really scored any goals from open play. That is a real concern for us.“We saw Marcus missed a very good chance and we saw that (missed chances) in the first game against Tunisia.“We have only had Jesse Lingard with a stunning goal and a deflected goal from Harry Kane – the rest of the goals have all come from set plays and penalties so I would be slightly concerned about that going forward against Colombia.”Southgate’s decision to rest the majority of his key men against Belgium has been criticised in some quarters after England slipped to defeat, meaning they finished as runners-up behind the Red Devils in Group G. But it may have opened up a potentially more favourable route through the knockout stages, and Allardyce believes his successor made the right call to mix his team up ahead of Tuesday’s last 16 clash with Colombia.“I would have made changes, yes,” added Big Sam.“You have to use the full strengths of your squad at the World Cup and it was the perfect time. It was a dead rubber and even at the end of a defeat we seemed to have a clearer and better route to go forward and go as far as we possibly can.“Nobody wants to lose a football match and watching the game last night, both teams made a lot of changes, but both teams went for the win.“I think he (Southgate) will have learnt what his strongest team will be for the next game.”Did Sam Allardyce really watch England’s 6-1 win over Panama on his own in a London pub? 2 Sam Allardyce has expressed concerns over England’s ability to break down teams from open play as they prepare to face Colombia in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.Six of the Three Lions’ eight goals in the group stage came from either set-pieces or penalty kicks, and Allardyce believes Gareth Southgate’s side need to get better at creating – and taking – chances in open play to trouble the big sides.Marcus Rashford missed a sitter in the 1-0 defeat to Belgium on Thursday, although it did not prove too costly as a much-changed England side had already secured their spot in the knockout stages after beating Tunisia and Panama.last_img read more