“For Scotland, it’s been a long time. They have very good young players and are a team that is improving very quickly. Hopefully we’ll get back to the stadium. It will give everyone something to look forward to in a difficult time for everyone. “Southgate received a reminder of those struggles just ahead of Thursday’s 3-0 win over Republic of Ireland, as defender Conor Coady was forced to withdraw from the England squad after being told that someone one he had come into contact with had tested positive for Covid. -19.
“Coady was forced to self-isolate after discovering he had inadvertently come into contact with someone before camp who tested positive for Covid-19 via an NHS Test and Trace alert,” explained the FA. “The Wolves defender returned two negative tests as part of FA and UEFA protocol but as per UK government guidelines must adhere to a period of self-isolation.”
“He’s bitterly disappointed,” said Southgate, who also has to plan without Marcus Rashford for the next two games after the player returns to Manchester United after failing to clear up an injury sustained in his last club game.
England faced few problems against Ireland, striding to a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. “We weren’t tested defensively as much as we could have been, but we created a lot of chances and I thought we used the ball really well,” Southgate said.
Irish manager Stephen Kenny was much less happy after seeing his side stretch their winless streak under him to six games. “It’s frustrating,” defenseman Matt Doherty said. “I sometimes feel embarrassed when I go off the pitch because we lose games, concede goals and don’t score. It’s not good. But we must always be confident and believe that with the hard work we do, this will change for us.