England national team head coach Gareth Southgate claims that he will not change his team's playing style despite players making errors that led to their 3-1 loss against the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals, as reported by the Guardian.
John Stones and Ross Barkley made errors that led to two goals in extra-time, because of which The Three Lions got knocked out.
"I'm asking them to play a tough game at the back - if we didn't play that way we wouldn't be here. We didn't lose because of how we wanted to play; we lost because of poor execution and fatigue."
"It wasn't just the two goals, we made errors and gave opportunities which should have been punished before that."
Stones and Barkley both gifted the Netherlands possession deep inside their own half and Southgate said his players can usually make those passes without any problem.
"Ross had gone down with cramp moments before [the third goal] and the Dutch pressed very well with a real intensity. [We must] play out better. The last one there's an element of fatigue, and when you are fatigued errors happen.
"We were not quite as sharp on some of the decision-making but I think it's a really important game for us to reflect on, and the next few days will be painful having got to this stage," the 48-year-old concluded.
England will now look forward to a third-place playoff against Switzerland, who were knocked out by Portugal in the first semi-final in Porto.