After a disappointing 1-1 draw in World Cup qualifying against Hungary, England were told they lacked a Jorginho-like midfielder capable of controlling a game.
The Chelsea and Italy midfielder is the third favorite to win the Ballon d’Or after winning both the Champions League and Euro 2020 this year.
And manager Gareth Southgate has learned he is exactly the type of midfielder boss his side are missing after some low-key results following their appearance in the European Championship final this summer.
After peaking in a first major final since 1966, the Three Lions had a disappointing performance in qualifying for Qatar 2022.
England sit first in Group I in the automatic qualifier, but only have a three-point cushion for second place after the 1-1 draws against Poland and Hungary last time around.
Captain Harry Kane’s form has been called into question as a potential problem, as has the midfielder, with England lacking control in the more low-key qualifying.
TalkSPORT specialist Danny Mills believes that despite Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips’ excellent performances over the summer, England still need a top-notch midfielder.
“I look at this team and as good as they are, there’s no Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard,” Mills said.
“I think the biggest problem for England is that we have an incredible number of young attacking talent, fantastic players, but we don’t have a single player who can dictate the tempo.
“I’m talking about a [Andrea] Pirlo type player, or a Jorginho, a Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit.
“Someone who is always available, and they dictate what happens, they dictate the tempo of the game, they dictate the style of play, we don’t have that type of player in the ranks.”
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