England have not conceded a single goal since Gareth Southgate made the decision to appoint Newcastle’s Graeme Jones as a first-team coach – a theme we’re all hoping continues ahead of tonight’s huge quarter final clash in Rome.
Since Steve Bruce’s new right-hand man joined the Three Lions setup, England have boasted the following record:
- Played – 6
- Won – 5
- Drawn – 1
- Lost – 0
- Conceded – 0
We’re yet to concede a goal on our run to the quarter finals of this summer’s European Championships and could book our place in the semis with a win over Ukraine.
Jones’ impact on NUFC was instantly obvious back in January as we adopted a “false nine” 4-3-1-2 formation that was a world apart from the “park the bus and hope for the best” system previously deployed by Steve Bruce.
Footage emerged recently of Jones putting the Three Lions players through their paces, with the likes of Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford appearing to be in awe of the Gateshead lad’s coaching skills.
He previously served as Roberto Martinez understudy with Belgium at the 2018 World Cup, so his experience at an international tournament is invaluable for a squad full of young players – many of whom are at their first major championships with England.
It’s good to see a Geordie lad doing well, with his backing from Southgate helps reinforce the narrative that Toon fans have been yelling since we brought him here from Bournemouth at the start of the calendar year.