‘Alarm bells will sound,’ England has warned ahead of a difficult month, citing a ‘psychological crisis.’
England will have to put the disappointment of Euro 2020 behind them as they prepare for next year’s World Cup.
Stuart Pearce, a former England coach, has urged Gareth Southgate’s team to regroup following their Euro 2020 disappointment ahead of a ‘difficult’ month of World Cup qualifiers. Over the next week, England will play three games in their 2022 World Cup Qualifying campaign.
The Three Lions have reunited less than two months after losing the Euro 2020 final on penalties to Italy at Wembley Stadium.
Southgate has stated that the ‘hard work begins now’ in England’s preparation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which is just over a year away.
Pearce believes the manager’s ear will be ringing with “alarm bells” to refocus after a summer of tremendous praise and attention.
“The psychological state is the most important thing for me,” he told talkSPORT.
“You know what it’s like, they’ve got a lot of euphoria this summer and a lot of praise for what they’ve done, and rightfully so.
“It was a tremendous tournament for us; we got to the final, which was fantastic; we were definitely beaten by the best team, but I think the alarm bells are going off now with the coaching staff and Gareth.
“We have to refocus in order to compete in the World Cup in a year and a half, and this is a difficult month.
“They’re away in hungry, away in Poland as part of the three games, so I believe it’s critical that they address out that psychological issue and refocus the boys.”
England kicks off the international break with a trip to Hungary on Thursday night, the country’s first match since losing the World Cup final in July.
Southgate’s team will then play Andorra on Sunday before heading to Poland for the final match.
In 2021, England will play four more matches: away to Andorra and home to Hungary in October, and home to Albania and away to San Marino in November.
After a disappointing summer, Southgate will be looking for great performances and results.
He has picked a strong 25-man group for England’s next World Cup qualifiers, with Leeds United attacker Patrick Bamford getting his first call-up.
After missing out on a spot in the final cut for Euro 2020, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jesse Lingard are back in the team.
With “Brinkwire Summary News,” England’s Player of the Year Kalvin Phillips should keep his spot in midfield with Declan Rice.