Gareth Southgate should be concerned about Jordan Henderson getting “in trouble” with referees at Euro 2020, according to Mark Halsey …
Mark Halsey has warned Gareth Southgate that he should be concerned about Jordan Henderson getting into trouble with referees at Euro 2020.
The former referee, who oversaw Premier League games for 14 years, believes England’s discipline could be crucial at this summer’s tournament.
And Halsey has warned English players not to bring the Premier League physicality into international play while urging Henderson to be careful when talking to referees.
Mark Halsey believes England’s discipline could cost them dearly at Euro 2020 this summer
The former referee has warned Jordan Henderson not to speak too loudly to officials
“As for the players, Gareth should be concerned about getting into trouble on the pitch, Jordan Henderson is very vocal,” Halsey told BETDAQ.
“I’ve directed it many times, Jordan Henderson. He likes to tell you a thing or two, so he has to be careful.
“I think the only discipline danger for England at Euro 2020 is that our players are in the Premier League, they are physical players. What you need to learn to avoid this challenge at Euro 2020 this summer.
“We saw Harry Maguire being sent off for England against Denmark in a Nations League game some time ago – he got two yellow cards in the first half.
Harry Maguire was sent off for England against Denmark last year for missing yellow cards twice
“You just cannot afford to face these challenges in international football because you will get a yellow card and if you get a yellow card early you are in big trouble.
‘So Gareth Southgate has to be really strict about our discipline on the field. We have to be careful with our physical challenges. ‘
The England boss made it clear in the weeks leading up to the tournament that his players want to be smart and keep a cool head.
“You have to compete, but you have to make sure you aren’t giving away fouls,” said Southgate. “And we definitely have to make sure that we always keep 11 men on the field, because that was a downfall in the past.
“We have always discussed that and it will not be any different in the coming weeks.”
VAR will be back in service during Euro 2020 and Halsey predicts more controversy
VAR will be in action during the tournament, with the selected officials following the action on screens at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
The system went through a major test throughout last season’s Premier League campaign, and Halsey predicts there will be another intense decision-making debate this summer.
“With the game as it is right now, there will always be different interpretations of offside and subjective calls for challenges and penalties,” said Halsey.
“We have a wide range of experienced referees working at the European Championships, but that doesn’t mean they’re all flammable.
“It’s up to the people and you can’t be at your best every week, especially in tournament football. I think we’re going to see some controversy in the coming weeks – there’s no doubt about it. We see it in every tournament! ‘