JOACHIM LOW is more interested in England’s potential than their struggles as recently appointed Gareth Southgate attempts to bring ‘modern football’ to a side in transition.
Last March there was a feelgood factor around the national team after Roy Hodgson’s men secured a remarkable 3-2 comeback win in the world champions’ own backyard.
But England’s triumph in Berlin proved a rare moment of joy in a dismal year for the national team, with the Euro 2016 exit to Iceland undoubtedly the lowest moment.
The team on the pitch and off it has changed a lot in the period since Low took the Germany reins in 2006, but there have been precious few signs of improvements for England.
Germany boss Low had expected the Three Lions to challenge for the crown in France and, despite a year of turbulence, believes a positive future lies ahead as Southgate prepares to take charge of his first match since permanently succeeding Sam Allardyce. ‘What you can really see is that England are a team in transit,’ said Low ahead of tonight’s friendly in Dortmund. ‘Their coach has promised for them to play a more modern football, more possession-orientated.
‘I watched a re-run of the game against Spain [a 2-2 friendly draw last November] and that was a really strong performance. England have some fantastic individual players, very fast, very pacy, prepared to take risks.
‘If there is one attribute that I would give is that it’s a team in change, a team that is changing.’