Gary Neville has identified England’s weak link after a 1-0 loss to Denmark in the Nations League.
Christian Eriksen scored from the penalty spot after Kyle Walker was convicted of fouling Thomas Delaney.
Before that decision, which was tame at best, Harry Maguire was sent off.
And the Manchester United captain can’t complain after two yellow cards, the first one is red in itself.
Since the decision to impose a sentence was in doubt, Jordan Pickford could also bear part of the blame.
The Everton goalkeeper was in no man’s land when the ball hit the area and went ridiculously out of position.
With his defense attorneys busy clearing, Pickford became unnecessarily involved – adding to the panic.
And Neville believes that it is the defense and the goalkeeper that are holding England back.
In a co-comment, he said: “The biggest doubt I have about England winning a tournament next year are individual mistakes. The backline and the goalkeeper.”
But he wanted to defend Maguire, who is currently in difficult shape.
“It sums up his last four to six weeks,” Neville said on Sky Sports. “Terrible time for him.
“I thought he was lucky with the first challenge. Between a yellow and a red.
“That was a neglected game of his. This touch, really easy. And the follow-through too.
“He made one mistake, not the second. The touch lets him down and the follow-through. He has nothing to do with the Spanish referee.”
However, Gareth Southgate was full of praise for his team and insisted that he be proud of the achievement.
He said, “I thought we were excellent with 11 men causing them all sorts of problems on our right.
“I was very proud of the achievement.
“Submitting changes everything and the penalty – it’s a foul on Kyle Walker and I don’t see the foul at all. The less said the better.
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“We showed resilience and showed a great example of how to play pragmatically with 10 and when to press.
“Your goalkeeper saved surprisingly well to keep the 1-0 up. I couldn’t be more proud of the guys in the last 10 days, they are learning and improving.
“We made a number of changes to our preparation and showed resilience.”