He was the first to acknowledge that England could and should have done better in Paris, in their friendly 3-2 loss to France, especially given that they conceded the third goal while playing with an extra man.
Sometimes though, it does come down to how good your opponent is, and that was the case in Stade de France, according to Gareth Southgate.
Whichever system, we had problems with their pace and power. That athletic ability is what makes them hard to play against. It is definitely something which France, at all age groups, have. They are blistering and they will cause you huge problems on the counter-attack if you’re not supremely well organised
the England boss told Sky Sports News, after talking about the system he chose and how it went.
I thought our 3-4-3 worked really well, up to the point at 2-2, and gave us good options. We moved the ball well and caused them problems with that. I think in the course of 90 minutes I saw things we’re very good at. With the ball we caused France problems, created chances and scored two. Then we saw things we have to get better at, without the ball and our managing of the ball at 2-2