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Gareth Southgate
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
  England Head Coach
Desc The former defender’s biggest achievement in management thus far is bringing positivity back to the national team, a tall order after their shocking defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016. He’s chosen the best players for his system and has shown tactical nous. Unbeaten in qualification, draws in friendlies against Brazil and Spain have added to the sense something is building

Affiliation

Org English National Team
Club as Coach Middlesbrough

2005 08 16 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate on Gerrard after a Premiership game between Middlesbrough and Liverpool in 2005] Steven Gerrard was awesome today. We were just laughing in the dressing room that at one stage we thought he was heading his own crosses in

2007 03 09 Retrieve

[Middlesbrough boss and Euro 96 penalty fluffer Gareth Southgate after watching his side defeat Bristol City on spot kicks in their FA Cup replay] The players said afterwards they were better at penalties than me!

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] He is the standard bearer for everyone in terms of management. You have to be a very special character to have that amount of success at a club like Manchester United

2017 01 14 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate pays tribute to former Three Lions boss Taylor] I found him a gentleman and, as the current England manager, it is very sad to see somebody who was so proud to hold the position pass away. I think he cared about football, he had a passion for England. He has given most of his life to English football. I think you meet decent football people within the game and he was one of those, certainly somebody who had a passion for coaching and wanted to see young English coaches come through

2017 03 16 Retrieve

[Arsenal forward Theo Walcott in row with Gareth Southgate over England axe. Happy birthday, Theo, you’re dropped] I’ve got to say he wasn’t chuffed to bits to get the call. And I understand that. Did he argue his case? Yes. Quite rightly, he said: ‘I’m one of the leading goalscorers in the league.

I don’t mind being challenged on that. I totally respect that. I don’t expect him to be happy but I’ve got to make decisions and I think it was the right thing to call him to talk that through - even if the timing wasn’t great.

[The manager suggested Walcott had not done enough when he started in the qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia in October and came on as a 27th-minute substitute in the friendly against Spain in November] I don’t think he transferred his early-season form into the matches we had in October and November with England. He’s a player I still like. I’ve said to him that I’m not ruling him out but, in terms of just having him as a squad player, I think it’s a better opportunity for me to look at one or two others. With our wide players - the way we’re playing at the moment we like to get the players between the lines slightly differently. Theo is more a player who runs in behind defences

2017 04 22 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate pays tribute to former team-mate Ugo Ehiogu] I know that football will be grieving because he was so highly respected by everybody he worked with and losing him at such a young age is difficult to come to terms with. Most importantly, he was a gentleman and he is one of those characters that people would find it difficult to have anything bad to say about him. I probably played more games with Ugo than anybody else in my career and while in many ways he was a gentle giant away from football, he was a colossus on the pitch. It felt like a true partnership with Ugo because we were prepared to put our bodies on the line for each other

2017 06 11 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate revealed in the aftermath of the 2-2 draw with Scotland, when the Joe Hart’s ‘composure’ naturally came up after conceding two free-kicks] He has been really honest about that being an area he felt he needed to develop and there is no question he has developed it. His preparation is different

Our intention was always to give someone else a game - however that looks I will have to ride that out. I am seeing a headline that says ‘Hart is not safe’…hut we need competition. Who knows who will be fit and available and too many times we have got to a tournament when a key player is not fully fit. We cannot rely on one or two players … we need players who can perform at a high level

2017 08 26 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate pays tribute to Wayne Rooney] I’m not sure what else you have to do to become a legend. I congratulate him on a fantastic international career. We’re good at judging our players harshly. Rooney’s done everything but win a trophy with England. By that token only the guys from 1966 can be elevated to that level. I’ve got huge respect for him. I was fortunate to play with him and manage him. He’s been a pleasure to work with and I’m sure there’ll be a role for him to play in the future

2017 12 02 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate gives his reaction to his side’s Group G opponents after the FIFA World Cup Final Draw] We know Belgium really well. Most of their players play in the English Premier League. Panama is a team we’ve never played, so for us, it’s interesting to find out more about the team. Tunisia personally takes me back to 1998 and the first game of the World Cup in France, because as a player, my first game was against them

2017 12 17 Retrieve

[Ugo Ehiogu remembered by Gareth Southgate] I first met Ugo in 1995 when I signed for Aston Villa. We were both young defenders and we played together as centre-backs. We had five years at Villa and then we both met up again at Middlesbrough, where we played together for another five seasons. The reality of a centre-back partnership is that you put your bodies on the line for each other. You get in the way, block the shots, you cover each other’s backs metaphorically and physically. We developed a really close, almost telepathic understanding of each other. But you play with someone for 10 years and ultimately so much is unspoken between you. There are so many parts of each other’s life that you know nothing about. I saw Ugo more socially at Villa. We were younger then and used to go out for dinner more often. He was a little introverted perhaps, but someone who just got on with his work in a very professional way. I remember he was meticulous about what he ate, which was a source of amusement then. Things would get sent back, but he had high standards and was single-minded enough not to worry about what people thought. Yet he was always very respectful. Although he was a quiet guy he was physically incredibly imposing. He was cut like a sculpture. One of the things when he died that hit me most was that he was just the most incredibly athletic lad. Although you understand that physical fitness doesn’t necessarily prevent a problem with the heart, it made it all the more difficult to get your head around: that someone who was the epitome of physical fitness could die so young

2018 10 06 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate on signing a new contract that will see him remain as England coach until the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar] I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the national team through the next two major tournaments. The job remains an incredible privilege and a true honour. Experiencing at first hand how the nation united behind the team this summer was something special and it will be great to see how far this young squad can go in the years to come

2018 11 10 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate expresses his disappointment over the criticism to call up Wayne Rooney for his 120th and final appearance with England next week] It’s a shame because you want it to be a fitting tribute to an outstanding player, who I think has often been undervalued in terms of how well he played for England. Hopefully, by the time we get to the game, and him being with us next week, the focus will be on ‘actually, let’s think about what he did and how well he played, and there’s an opportunity here to thank him for that’

2019 05 27 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has included skipper Harry Kane in his 23-man squad ahead of next month’s UEFA Nations League finals - but there is no place for his Tottenham team-mates Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks] We have got exciting players and picking a squad is really difficult because we have lots of depth of talent, not only the squad we have picked but the Under-21s as well. There has been some difficult decisions to make and we are obviously a little bit complicated with so many players involved in the Champions League as well, but we are really excited by the squad and the players that are around it.

Of course, Kieran Trippier has had such a big impact, and he had such a brilliant World Cup. He has been a really valuable member of our squad, has a great attitude with us and real passion in playing for England, but Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and Kyle Walker have finished the season so strongly. So it is a position where we have got real competition for places. That is as hard a decision as we have had to make

2019 05 28 Retrieve

[It is Gareth Southgate’s unit that is most significantly hampered by the presence of final between Liverpool and Tottenham] There’s been some difficult decisions to make and we are obviously a little bit complicated with so many players involved in the Champions League as well, but we are really excited by the squad and the players that are around it

2019 06 05 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate would not say if Raheem Sterling will captain England in their Nations League semi-final against Netherlands as he is unsure if star striker Harry Kane will start] If I confirmed anything about the team other than Raheem playing I would be doing half of Ronald Koeman’s job for him. If I tell you Harry Kane’s playing tomorrow I’m giving Ronald half the team as well. I don’t want to discuss the captaincy. Harry Kane is our captain. If Harry Kane doesn’t play I have a decision to make. At this moment in time, I’m not prepared to do that.

[Sterling says he does not know if he will lead the team against the Dutch] That’s something that is down to the manager. That’s not for me to decide but if the manager did do that it is something I would do proudly for sure

Growing up and watching a lot of England games you always had a dream to play for England but I never thought one day I would be able to say, if the manager picks me or not, that I would be in with a chance to make my 50th cap. It’s a massive achievement for me and it’s something that I will treasure for the rest of my life and so will my family. To my 17-year-old self, I would say just keep going, keep enjoying your football and keep learning. That’s the most important message really

2019 06 05b Retrieve

[England manager Gareth Southgate was not about to give an extensive public take on Harry Kane’s Champions League final showing] I don’t think it’s for me to comment on club performances in individual games because that then leads me into talking about other coaches and other players and they’re not my team. Of course I was at the game and wanted to see how it played out. A lot of the service that went into Harry, he wasn’t favourite when it was arriving in his area

2019 06 06 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate thinks the all-English Champions League final shows the strength of the Premier League] The brilliant thing from an English point of view is we had a lot of English players playing in a massive occasion. As a group of players and staff we wanted to congratulate both sets of players. To get to a Champions League final is an immense achievement and a wonderful memory for all those guys. Both teams had brilliant seasons in that competition. We’re very proud for the boys that won it as that’s something that will live with them forever. We’ve addressed that and acknowledged their achievement in welcoming them into our camp. The standard of the Premier League is increasing every year. We’ve seen the quality of the top teams - Liverpool had an incredible season, lost one game and you lose the league. The financial power of the league means we’ve got some of the best players and coaches. It’s a brilliant league for our players to play in - when they get the chance.

[Southgate will check the fitness of those players involved in the Champions League final before naming his team to face Ronald Koeman’s side] I’ve got to assess all the players who were involved in Madrid because it’s a unique game, a unique set of circumstances. I’ve got to check on Jordan Henderson but everyone else came through the game with no physical issues, which was pleasing for us. If I confirm anything about the team other than that Raheem is playing then I’m doing half of Ronald’s job for him. So, I don’t want to discuss the captaincy. Harry Kane is our captain; if Harry Kane doesn’t play, I have a decision to make

[Southgate thinks his England squad have shown they are far less dependent on individual talent than generations past] When I took over, I remember talking about how everything had fallen on Wayne Rooney’s shoulders. At Japan [in the 2002 World Cup], everything was around David Beckham. We had to build a team where we weren’t reliant on one or a couple of players and we had competition for places and strength in depth. The collective strength of the team is that we’ve got huge trust in the players - there isn’t one I’d hesitate to put in. They’ve all played in important matches for us. Harry Winks, Ben Chilwell - these youngsters come in and they never cease to surprise us. You never know what they’re capable of until you try them

2019 06 07 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate described England’s Nations League semi-final loss as painful] We were talking before the game as a group of staff about the incredible games England played in tournaments, the twists and turns, it’s hard to take it all in. I thought it was a really high level of opponent, they posed us problems in the first half without creating clear chances. We solved those problems but throughout the game we made too many mistakes in our third, partly due to their pressure but partly just errors. We got into the lead and a poor goal from a set play, then we responded with our best spell, we changed the shape and got Raheem into the pocket as a 10 and we started to control the game.

We scored, thought we’d scored, it was really fine margins, but we still controlled the game until the second goal. Last two goals are very difficult errors to account for. Incredibly proud, they gave absolutely everything, it’s painful for them and everybody but a night where we learned so much. Some individuals really stood out, Declan Rice playing in that environment, Ross Barkley was outstanding, Raheem. So, tough to take in the end as you get to another semi-final it should be a positive but everyone leaves deflated. I have to look at the bigger picture of what the players have given.

[John Stones’ error led to a Quincy Promes shot deflecting in off Kyle Walker, then Ross Barkley’s mistake allowed the Netherlands substitute to secure a final berth against Portugal] I think we’ve had some players at the end of the season with difficult amount of minutes, others have had the opposite. I think fatigue has played a part, a lack of sharpness, but I’m asking them to play in a way that puts them under huge pressure at the back. We wouldn’t have reached the semi-finals without playing that way, to become a top team, Holland play like that too and made a poor error. I have to be there to support John, he’ll get criticism, but the way we ask them to play they take huge strain on their shoulders and they are courageous to do that.

It’s the way we can and should play. That’s not why we lose, they were uncharacteristic and not errors we would make, it wasn’t risk it was poor execution and the last one was just fatigue. I have to not over-react and need to be there to support them in a difficult moment for everyone

2019 06 07b Retrieve

[England manager Gareth Southgate labelled a section of the country’s supporters an embarrassment after trouble during the Nations League Finals] I haven’t seen it, I’m aware of it. The saddest thing for me is we have thousands upon thousands come and support us brilliantly and have the ability to enjoy themselves without causing offence or causing problems. But we have a group who are an embarrassment. As an Englishman, they aren’t supporters of the team, they reflect so poorly on us as a country. We don’t associate ourselves with them at all.

2019 06 08 Retrieve

[John Stones was at fault for two of Netherlands’ goals in extra-time after being caught in possession well inside his own half; but Southgate refused to condemn the Manchester City star for his lapses in concentration] It’s easy to turn round and kill them. But we have some defenders who are prepared to take the ball in areas where many defenders in the world aren’t, and it’s been the bedrock of how we’ve progressed. We have to continue it but of course we can’t continue to make the mistakes we did.

He knows I am here to support him. I know he is going to get criticism, but he’s had a difficult end to the season in that he was not playing regularly at his club. We still think he has been our best centre-back. He has huge qualities and huge potential to be a top player. But he has had so little football at the end of the season that the sharpness and fatigue as the game wore on were definitely factors in what has happened tonight

[Southgate admitted that if John Stones continued to be left out of the starting line-up his England place may come under review] I think we have to wait and see how that develops. At the beginning of the season he was playing in all the big games. That hasn’t been the case towards the end but it was one of a number of difficult selection issues we had to deal with, really

[Southgate said of Michael Keane] He hasn’t played in this sort of game. I think John Stones and Harry Maguire are our best two, and I have got to be there to support them in their difficult moments.

2019 06 08b Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has offered his full backing to John Stones following the defender’s costly error against the Netherlands, insisting he remains England’s best centre-back] He knows I am here to support him. I know he is going to get criticism, but he’s had a difficult end to the season in that he was not playing regularly at his club. We still think he has been our best centre-back. He has huge qualities and huge potential to be a top player. But he has had so little football at the end of the season that the sharpness and fatigue as the game wore on were definitely factors in what has happened.

[Southgate has suggested others could potentially usurp the former Everton defender should his situation not improve at the Etihad Stadium] I think we have to wait and see how that develops. At the beginning of the season he was playing in all the big games. That hasn’t been the case towards the end but it was one of a number of difficult selection issues we had to deal with, really. But Joe Gomez was with us for only two days and he hasn’t played either, and Michael Keane hasn’t played in this sort of a game, so I think Stones and Maguire are our best two, and I have got to be there to support in their difficult moments

2019 06 08c Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate joked he is glad England’s supporters were booing opposition players rather than their own after Virgil van Dijk was jeered during the Nations League semi-final] I’m happier they’re booing the opposition now than when they booed our players when we started. We’re making progress. Driving through the streets of Malta… if Virgil has to take a bit, fair enough.

2019 06 09 Retrieve

[Manager Gareth Southgate has said there’s no way he’d leave England to return to club management and believes his assistant Steve Holland is committed too] I’m committed to England, simple as that. I don’t need to hedge my bets in keeping doors open or keeping things alive. There’s no way that I would leave England at this point in time, to take any job. The only thing on my mind is that we’ve got a European Championship next summer and we’ve got to keep improving to be the best possible team we can be for this country. Why would I rush to leave that opportunity and chance to affect not just the football but the other parts that the role brings. My sole focus is producing the best team possible for England.

[Southgate acknowledged that his assistant would one day make the step up to management] I’m sure that at some point in the future [Holland] is going to want to be a manager and take that opportunity. I don’t believe that would be now, because he is very committed to the work we are doing, looking forward to next summer. But I also understand that, when you have a good staff, they’re going to be coveted by other people. That’s a healthy sign because you don’t want bad staff that nobody wants. He’s the best assistant in the country, there’s no doubt in my mind about that. I’m very fortunate to have him with me

[Southgate insisted he and his players were hungry for success and improvement] They don’t want to be settled and comfortable with semi-finals. It is not enough for them, same for me. So it is good we are on the same page

2019 06 09b Retrieve

[John Stones in particular was heavily criticised following his mistake which led to Kyle Walker’s 97th-minute own-goal, but manager Gareth Southgate has also come out in support of the Manchester City defender] I know he is going to get criticism, but he’s had a difficult end to the season in that he was not playing regularly at his club. We still think he has been our best centre-back. He has huge qualities and huge potential to be a top player

2019 06 09c Retrieve

[England manager Gareth Southgate feels that his side’s disappointment at finishing third in the Nations League is a step in the right direction] We’ve had some good discussions over the last few days about only getting as far as we did. There’s a real determination from all of us, that you don’t get many opportunities as an international team and you’ve got to strive to take the next step in the next few years. For me, the significant step is the level of disappointment we have leaving here having not gone to the final or got the trophy. That took some lifting over the last couple of days for everyone because none of us were satisfied.

[England struck the woodwork multiple times during the draw against Switzerland, in addition to seeing Callum Wilson’s goal chalked off by VAR for a foul on Manuel Akanji] It was important that we responded today with a high-level of performance. The players adapted really well because we changed the shape and they carried it out really well. We should’ve won the game, with the opportunities we created and the number of times we hit the woodwork so it was a good response. We prepared well for that eventuality [penalties] and talked to the players about it three weeks ago, as we knew that in a competition like this, it could happen. So it’s great for all of the staff when that hard work comes to fruition

2019 08 30 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has issued a warning to the squad about their futures, citing the omission of veteran Kyle Walker as an example that no player is safe] That challenge is there for all of them, and whether they are younger or older, don’t assume anything, because I think everyone has to keep performing if we’re to challenge the best teams and that’s how we are going to develop. They’ve got to play well and it’s going to be harder to get in, because you can see the players we’ve had to leave out who’ve got a lot of caps between them, high-level players, we know there are some others around the fringes that could be close. And we know that there are some more young ones coming that are going to push that as

Without getting Trent Alexander-Arnold’s head too big, too quickly, he’s got to be one of those we look to integrate and give more opportunity to. So, it’s a bit like at a club, if we don’t make a pathway, then when are you ever going to put them in? With Aaron Wan-Bissaka, [we’ve got] a completely different kind of player so we’ve got Trips [Kieran Trippier] as a bit of cover around that and there’s no point bringing Kyle in if the intention is not to start him in the games. He’s a senior player and he’ll value the rest and recovery as much as anything else. But, we could be in a different space in four weeks’ time because, as I said, he’s started the season very well, he’s obviously got competition for his place at his club, and we’ve got that here

2019 09 01 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate says his young England team is not haunted by failure in the way other players have been] I think when we first took over there was a group who had been scarred a little bit by disappointment, and there was maybe a limit with how much we could shift with that. I think those that have been with us over a period of time now have had far more positive experiences, so we don’t really have players who are haunted in England shirts. [But] we’ve had disappointments at the very latter stages of big matches

[Southgate believes his team must remain committed to playing the ball out of the back] We have always maintained that to be a top team you have to be able to handle the ball from the goalkeeper right the way through. A couple of the goals we conceded [in the Nations League] had nothing to do with whether we play out from the back or not, thank heavens. And so they mustn’t lose faith in that, but equally, we had that a little bit against the Dutch and we went short too often and didn’t mix the game up. I think that to mix the game up … to be adaptable and recognise those decisions, to recognise those opportunities, is good play. I think that there is a requirement to entertain and to produce a style of play that people will watch. We have to try to achieve all of those things

2019 09 01b Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has explained why he selected Jesse Lingard in his latest England squad] I think you’d have to say I’ve seen him have better spells for United. I think Ole has a young, energetic team, and I think Jesse’s pressing and the energy he brings to that has been an important part of what they’ve tried to do in the first few games. The inclusion of Jesse for us is partly because his form for us has always been good. I know there was stats on his goals. He was only involved in four games for us last season because of injury - two starts and two off the bench. He scored two and had a goal disallowed when he came on in the Nations League game. He had a very good World Cup.

When you’re selecting a team, there’s half an eye on club form but also I don’t remember a game where he’s been really poor for us. He has different attributes. I think for him and for everybody else, there is serious competition and if they aren’t scoring for us or they aren’t scoring for their clubs, that can make things more difficult. But, equally, I think it’s good that we support him at this moment, in that you could argue club-wise, he’s on the fringes and whether he should be ahead of others. But I don’t think there are too many that we haven’t included that should be ahead of him, and his performance for us has been very, very good

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Southgate demands England players maintain intensity to keep places] We need to keep ramping up the pressure. We know we won’t have as many high-pressure experiences in the next eight months or so, unless we start to make problems for ourselves with qualifying. So we have to bring that intensity to every training session. We’ve decided we need to challenge everybody more and more, not accept any taking the foot off the gas. The players understand that challenge, they want the challenge. I must not overreact to everything that happened that night against Holland (in the Nations League semi-final) - but we made too many errors in a big game. We know we will improve if our work’s right and our mentality is right. You have to constantly improve, tweak different patterns, constantly improve the detail. All the time, you’ve got to be on top of all of those things

[Southgate believes that the intense comptition for places will prove motivator enough for his players in the matches to come] The players have their own motivation. But in the end, competition for places is a pretty good motivator. If you know there are people that can come into the team, that there are decisions with one player or the other and form and fitness at any given time that can determine who gets in. The younger guys now are after the older ones - the older ones are still proud and want to stay in, and that’s a really healthy situation

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[England vs Bulgaria. Despite facing a side ranked well over 50 places beneath them in FIFA’s latest list, Southgate still feels that his side are capable of falling victim to any opponent] I think we’ve got everything to prove in terms of where we’re pitched in world rankings. I think we’re competitive against any team, but equally I think there are a number of teams who, on their day - as was proven in the summer - are capable of beating us. We have to keep striving to improve and I think the mentality of the team is to do that, they’re hungry to do that, they want to do that, they want to keep learning, we want to keep pushing each other every day in training, and if we do that, we’ll take those performances onto the field. So for us, I’m looking forward to the new international season, if you like

[One man expected to feature heavily over the next three years will be Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho] Jadon Sancho, in terms of his game, is hugely exciting in terms of his balance, the quality of his crosses. He gets into areas behind defences and the way that Dortmund play is a significant part of that. He plays lots of those low crosses across the six-yard box. What I really like is his decision-making. When he’s moving at speed, he’s able to get his head up and make the right decisions in terms of weight of pass, which pass is the best one to pick out. And that’s not an easy thing to do when you’re travelling at speed with the ball

2019 09 07b Retrieve

[Jesse Lingard has been ruled out of England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo through illness] We decided to send [Jesse] home. He hasn’t been able to train the last couple of days. We don’t think he’ll be ready for Tuesday

[Southgate also revealed that he has no intention of bringing in cover for Lingard] We’ve still got 23 players [so won’t call up a replacement for Lingard].

[Lingard is another to have missed out on a chance to prove his worth amid a testing period for the 26-year-old] I think you’d have to say I’ve seen him have better spells for United. I think Ole has a young, energetic team, and I think Jesse’s pressing and the energy he brings to that has been an important part of what they’ve tried to do in the first few games. The inclusion of Jesse for us is partly because his form for us has always been good. I know there were stats on his goals. He was only involved in four games for us last season because of injury - two starts and two off the bench. He scored two and had a goal disallowed when he came on in the Nations League game. He had a very good World Cup.

When you’re selecting a team, there’s half an eye on club form but also I don’t remember a game where he’s been really poor for us. He has different attributes. I think for him and for everybody else, there is serious competition and if they aren’t scoring for us or they aren’t scoring for their clubs, that can make things more difficult. But, equally, I think it’s good that we support him at this moment, in that you could argue club-wise, he’s on the fringes and whether he should be ahead of others. But I don’t think there are too many that we haven’t included that should be ahead of him, and his performance for us has been very, very good

2019 09 07c Retrieve

[Southgate pleased with England’s ‘exciting’ attacking play in Euro 2020 qualification win over Bulgaria] In a game like this you have got to make sure the concentration is right. I always felt we had enough firepower to win the game. I’m not sure it’s complacency - every team will have some moments, you just have to make sure you see the runs, but I’m generally pleased - some of our attacking play at times was really exciting

[The 49-year-old Southgate admitted that the Bulgarian tactics caused his team some problems] I think it [England’s performance] improved as the game went on. We didn’t need to over-complicate things. We looked dangerous, at times we took a few too many touches. Their formation caused us problems out of possession as well

2019 09 07d Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate is hoping Alan Shearer and Michael Owen can sort out their differences] You never like to see people falling out publicly and that’s a shame. I think in football, when you’re in high-pressure moments, inevitably, there will be events that happen. Having been involved in a relegation battle myself that same year, that’s a very tense environment, so if you then don’t have the opportunity to work beyond that then there are unresolved conversations, perhaps unresolved decisions

I’ve always been of the view of wanting to reconcile with them, you know, why not? But, everyone has got to choose their own path. Hopefully the two lads can get together and talk. I think communicating in any walk of life is the most important thing you can do. So, ideally that’s face-to-face, second best over the phone, probably not through social media but they’ve got to get on with it, they are big men and hopefully, in actual fact, if anything was festering it might actually force them to get together

2019 09 08 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate is delighted with the progress of England’s youngsters] I think the most important thing to say is we’re not doing it for wallpaper, they’re in because they deserve to be in. Mason’s performances already this season for his club, then in training this week and then when he went into the game - he’s a threat to the starting team. That is hugely encouraging for us, we know that with a lot of these lads their best years are probably three, four or five seasons away. We’ve got to get the balance right, keep on winning matches and blood those players at the right times. But English fans should be hugely excited when they see the likes of him and Sancho coming on and the impact they can have already, and we love working with them. It’s not just the mentality that’s good, they’ve got talent, they want to get better and it’s up to them how far they go

[Walker’s fellow City defender John Stones is also absent] In terms of the team for the Euros, it’s difficult to say. A lot of our players still only have a handful of caps, some are improving rapidly. The great thing is we’ve got genuine competition for places. We’ve got four or five guys who you would expect to see on the team sheet but outside of that it’s very difficult to call in a number of positions. Ahead of the World Cup, in the September-October period, Kieran Trippier had one cap, Jordan Pickford had one perhaps, Harry Maguire hadn’t played. So that was three who got to a World Cup semi-final, and they all had outstanding tournaments for us, so we’ve always got to have that open mind

2019 09 09 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has expressed his belief that Marcus Rashford does his best work in wider areas] For a long time we have almost wanted Marcus to be that option as a no .9, but I’m still not certain that is where he is happiest and where he does his best work. Marcus is still relatively young. Over the last 12 to 18 months with us, he’s had a big impact on our games with a number of goals and assists. So, I think he’s still a work in progress. A lot of his development at United was as a ‘wide raider’ and I think he isn’t as strong as Harry Kane with his back to goal holding play up. If he plays as a no. 9, he will play it differently to Harry, but a lot of his best work is on the left coming in off the line. I don’t think that’s a problem; we have to be aware that’s probably his profile to get the best out of him, they’re the areas that he needs to get in

2019 09 09b Retrieve

[A comments made by Southgate in the wake of England’s 4-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria, which saw Harry Kane grab a hat-trick] For a long time we have almost wanted Marcus Rashford to be that option as a No .9, but I’m still not certain that is where he is happiest and where he does his best work. Marcus is still relatively young. Over the last 12 to 18 months with us he’s had a big impact on our games with a number of goals and assists. So, I think he’s still a work in progress. A lot of his development at United was as a ‘wide raider’ and I think he isn’t as strong as Harry Kane with his back to goal holding play up. If he plays as a No. 9, he will play it differently to Harry, but a lot of his best work is on the left coming in off the line. I don’t think that’s a problem; we have to be aware that’s probably his profile to get the best out of him, they’re the areas that he needs to get in

2019 09 09c Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has confirmed Harry Kane will start against Kosovo on Tuesday] In the summer we decided that he wasn’t ready to start, so I don’t think you can have a player that is undroppable, because that is a dangerous route for any team and it is not a healthy position for a player. But it is safe to say we won’t be dropping him for tomorrow. His level of performance is so high that dropping him would be a rare occurrence. We might freshen the team a bit, that will be important. We don’t need to, everyone is fit and available. We need to make sure we get the balance right. We need to get the right attacking and defending profiles to make sure we win the game

[Southgate is wary of the threat posed by a second-placed Kosovo side, who have already defeated Czech Republic in Group A] We are expecting a different sort of challenge to Saturday - but one we are looking forward to. It will be a very different style of game. Kosovo will be very high pressing, hard working, a more attacking threat than we faced on Saturday. Maybe there will be more space to play up front. Whatever we learned from Saturday’s game this is a completely different challenge

[Southgate gave praise to midfielder Declan Rice for the way he has dealt with social media abuse directed towards him] When I spoke with Declan about the possibility of him transferring association across, I was very conscious that this was something that could happen. That is why I wanted to tread very carefully, to make sure him and his family had all the time they needed to make a decision. I never pushed, because I suspected that this would be part of the consequences of that. I think he has dealt with everything incredibly maturely

2019 09 10 Retrieve

[England vs Kosovo. Kosovo are undefeated in their last 15 games, and though England impressed as they eased past Bulgaria 4-0 at Wembley on Saturday courtesy of a Harry Kane treble, Southgate is not taking anything for granted for his World Cup semi-finalists] It will be a very different style of game. Kosovo will be very high pressing, hard working, a more attacking threat than we faced on Saturday. Maybe there will be more space to play up front. Whatever we learned from Saturday’s game this is a completely different challenge

2019 09 10b Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate said that England made poor defensive mistakes in Tuesday’s thrilling 5-3 defeat of Kosovo and has demanded that his side improve] It had its moments! A bizarre game really. There were obvious poor errors for goals but I’m really pleased with the composure we showed. We had devastating attacking play throughout and we used the ball well. The mistakes were obvious, the errors, we have to be better. The players don’t need me to tell them that. The outstanding parts of our play were obvious, the errors were obvious

2019 09 11 Retrieve

[Southgate hails Sterling but expresses concern over England’s ‘crazy errors’ against Kosovo] Our attacking play from Raheem, Jadon and Harry was outstanding. Raheem’s two performances have been of the highest level. I think he’s been almost unstoppable, his awareness of where defenders were, his ability to ride challenges, his vision and desire to get in on goal, and unselfish play as well, so I couldn’t speak highly enough of the way he played

Jadon - you know we were talking about the three on Saturday - Jadon’s performance was at that level as well. He worked really hard for the team without the ball and showed the ability he has to go past people, to be calm in tight areas. So, that part of our game was absolutely outstanding. We continued that threat for most of the game

[Errors saw England concede three goals to the visiting minnows] It was bizarre. The outstanding features and the poor features are apparent to everybody, so we don’t need to get the video out and go back through it. Poor individual mistakes, a poor start to the game. I like the way we showed the composure to recover from that initial mistake and our use of the ball throughout the first half was excellent, right the way through the team. The small period after half-time: ridiculous mistakes, poor decisions, lack of covering back. So, we made the game really uncomfortable for ourselves. There were obviously mistakes that were concerning. Whether it was the intensity of the game, whether it was the pressure, I don’t know. We’ve got to reflect on that but they were such basic errors, really, that you have to learn from. We just made some crazy errors

2019 09 12 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has backed Raheem Sterling to become the world’s best player] There are obviously some outstanding players around. But he will give himself every chance, because he’s got the drive, he’s got the professionalism, he’s got the ability, he’s strong, he’s physically and mentally strong for such a small statured lad

[Sterling initially struggled to turn his club form for Manchester City into high-level performances for the Three Lions, regularly facing strong criticism over his performances] For me, it’s lovely to see the shift in the public opinion of him. That’s still a brave thing to decide that: ‘Right, I’m going to own that space and I’m going to put my own views across’. But those views represent many as well, so I think he’s aware of the power of his voice, but he also doesn’t waste it. I think he was very forthright in his social media posts [about racism]. I think he raised everybody’s awareness and made us all think, which was very mature and impressive. And, at the same time, he rose to the challenge with his club, with new signings coming in. You know, when you are at a club like that, to keep fighting off the quality of players that he has; and straight away with us, got the goals in Spain - first game after the World Cup for him, really. Croatia away, Spain. I think it was such a huge weight lifted for him, he almost jumped six foot in the stadium, didn’t he? So I think from that moment - because he did come home a bit sad after the World Cup, there’s no hiding from that. He didn’t deserve to feel that way, but that’s as he was, so it’s lovely to see the recognition he’s getting and how much extra I think that’s bringing out of him

[Asked how Sterling will have felt to have been made a scapegoat earlier in his international career] Difficult for me to say. I can only imagine. Everyone wants to be liked, don’t they? Everybody, players give their all. He’s a player that has always given his all … You know how much it means to him, how much he wants to do well. So, I think it’s for him to reflect on how he might have felt then and, for me, it’s just lovely to see a young man establishing himself, at the real top table in the game

2019 09 14 Retrieve

[Southgate stated that England’s players - some of whom, including Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose, have been targeted already during Euro 2020 qualifying - were taking steps to be prepared for any abuse when they face Bulgaria] It is a concern, we’re not confident that we’ll go there and nothing will happen. We’ve already planned what our schedule looks like and we’re going to discuss it with the players before we go, because we’re aware that there is history there and we want to make sure that we’re all prepared for what might happen and how we want to respond

2019 10 03 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has explained a lack of goal involvements and regular football led to the respective omissions of Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli from his latest England squad] I think Jesse’s had a difficult period. He’s aware of that. I retain huge faith in Jesse because he’s a player who’s always played well for us, he’s never let us down. His performance level for England has been excellent. As an attacking midfield player you are going to be judged on your goals and assists. When you look at the likes of [Raheem] Sterling and [Jadon] Sancho, those numbers are high currently. It’s a really high bar. The competition is far greater than it was 18 months ago because we’ve pushed young players in early, given them opportunities and those players have flourished. Jesse is another player who we believe can fight his way back into the squad but, when you look at those names that we’ve just talked about, it shows you the competition for places that we’ve got

[Oxlade-Chamberlain] is a little bit like Dele, really, where the season hasn’t quite got going for either of them. But we’re expecting them to challenge in the next couple of months. To put them in means I’ve got to leave someone out who’s in form and is playing well - a Mason Mount or a James Maddison. They’re in competition with those guys. Whenever you ask me who I’ve left out, who am I leaving out to bring them back in? It’s a difficult call in those positions. I think all the players would recognise the rationale for the decisions

[Another of those left out to prompt discussion was Kyle Walker, with the Manchester City right-back overlooked in favour of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier] Kyle is a slightly more defensive full-back, has good qualities with the ball. The other two boys we felt did well last month and we didn’t feel the decision to change would be the right one. I think he’s playing well, it’s not the case that he’s playing poorly. We’ve just got really good competition in certain positions on the field

[Southgate stated Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden is close to a senior breakthrough] It’s clearly difficult to assess exactly where Phil sits compared to others, given the opportunities at his club - which I totally understand because of the quality of players he’s up against. He’s another player for the future. We have to be patient for his development, but that’s fine. We think he’s still progressing well, he’s learning from one of the best coaches in the world and his time will come

2019 10 06 Retrieve

[Southgate hoses down Spurs speculation as he commits to England] You go to bed Saturday night and you wake up Sunday morning and the agenda’s set. Look, I’ve said in the summer, I’m not somebody that needs to hedge my bets and needs to play cleverly and say, ‘I’ll keep this door open, that door open’. I’m the England manager and it’s a massive privilege to do the job. There’s a lot of work to do here with the team. We think the team can continue to improve, and until I’m told otherwise, 2022 is my contract, and that’s it

2019 10 06b Retrieve

[Phil Foden was expected to have forced his way into the senior England squad by now, but Gareth Southgate says the Manchester City starlet does not need a move to make that happen] Phil Foden is still physically developing and I know Pep recognises the quality of the player, but equally the quality of the opposition around him. So I’m sure in the coming months that game time will increase as the number of matches racks up. I think you should always assess those things halfway through the season and towards the end of the season to see how much football they’ve got, and then I’m sure they’ll make a decision on what’s right for him as a player. It isn’t always as straightforward as to go on loan because that is fraught with some difficulties as well at times with the style of play, different training regime, everything around him. But I know those discussions will be going on at Manchester City at the top

It’s a little bit harder to get in the side at those bigger clubs, but when you’re in, as the Chelsea boys are now, there’s a great opportunity to play important matches, big-match experience. So, I’d probably try to calm Phil’s situation, because there’s a lot of expectation around him and I think that’s a huge pressure for a young player potentially. At the moment, a lot of his game has been forged with our junior team. That’s how he’s appeared on the scene, so we’re really happy with his progress. His mentality when playing with the Under-21s in the last match was great. He needs those matches. He needs that stamina and that game time, and we think it’s right to put him on.

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Southgate: English football must solve its own racism issues] I can totally understand why the Bulgarian president feels as he does, because we have purely been responding honestly to questions we’ve been asked by you guys. That will then be relayed, however it may be relayed in Bulgaria, and the way that that’s pitched could appear provocative or appear that we’re the people who are laying the subject on the table.

If I was him, and I was only reading those quotes and not knowing the context of why the things were said and the responses were said, then I would feel probably as he does. We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it. We’re all hoping that over the next 72 hours, we’re just talking about two football matches. I think both countries would have a strong desire for that and I have to say again, we don’t look at other countries in a way that we don’t shine a mirror on our own

[A National League match between Hartlepool United and Dover Athletic last month was stopped for more than 10 minutes amid accusations of racist abuse aimed at a visiting player] What happened there a couple of weeks ago was probably worse than things I’ve seen or heard about in many other countries in the world. I think we have to be very careful in how we cover everything

2019 10 11 Retrieve

[Southgate: I have admired Mason Mount since he was in England under-16s] He’s a quality player, an intelligent footballer, presses well, has a real eye for goal, good quality. So, nothing I’ve seen surprises me at all. We’ve had him marked as a player from the first time I saw him at St George’s Park. Chelsea would be the same on that, I think. Of course he’s now been able to have the opportunity to play in the Premier League and display that against top teams. I think you saw his penalty in the Super Cup [against Liverpool], that was a nice cameo of what he’s about, really

[Mount is joined in the squad by fellow Chelsea youngsters Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham] I think I’ve spoken for a couple of years now about the quality of young players coming through our academies. Chelsea have been at the forefront of that, winning the Uefa Youth League and FA Youth Cup consistently. So it’s a shame, maybe, one or two of their youngsters didn’t get that opportunity and have had to go and play elsewhere and might have missed that moment that has been perfect for the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason. It’s great timing for them because they’ve had those loan spells and they were probably ready to take that opportunity. So, as a young player, you’ve got ability, you’ve got the work you do but, in the end, you need the opportunity

2019 10 11b Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate accepted England were not good enough in a 2-1 Euro 2020 qualifier loss away to the Czech Republic on Friday] We’ve had a lot of credit in the last two years but we didn’t do enough to win. The performance was not good enough, simple as that. We probably should have got a draw but the goal we conceded was typical of chances we conceded. I think there were things we can look back on, collectively we have to accept there were not enough good performances

[Southgate said his team, who had won 14 consecutive European Championship qualification games before Friday, had struggled to adjust to a tactical tweak] We tried to change shape in the first half and it didn’t work as well as we hoped, so we changed it and we started better in the second half and had good chances to win the game. But we conceded too many poor chances and conceded possession too often. We knew we’d have to be at full tilt to deal with the Czech Republic, but we should have been strong enough to deal with them

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Manager Gareth Southgate defended individual players from criticism but said that his team needed to be better when not in possession after Czech Republic to pull off a startling 2-1 win in Euro 2020 qualification in Prague on Friday] It is clear we have to improve without the ball. Over a period of time it has not surprised us, we have spoken about it all week. We did not get the reaction we needed. It is not a time to look at individuals because we have to get back on track for Monday.

We lose Danny Rose and after tonight we have to get a response. It is going to be an interesting couple of days because we have not had a result like that or a performance like that. We will learn a lot about ourselves over the next 48 to 72 hours. We have to respond in the right way. This is football. All the players in their careers and for us as coaching staff, football is all about responding to setbacks. We have not had many, so it feels more unpleasant and it is a while since we felt this way

2019 10 13 Retrieve

[England boss Southgate pondering formation change for Bulgaria game] It’s certainly something we’ve considered and I don’t think we can dismiss. I think we are in a difficult situation in terms of the players that have played international football with us in that area of the pitch and who are playing regularly with their clubs. That’s part of the reason we didn’t [play a three-man defence against the Czech Republic]. I’m not sure, ahead of Monday, if that’s the right thing to do but we’re very aware and assessing those things

[Tottenham’s Harry Winks could win a promotion to the starting XI in Sofia] He has to be in consideration, and we’ve got to assess one or two injuries as well. We’ve got some good players in the squad and the performance in Prague certainly wasn’t at the level we needed. So, of course, we’ve got to think about where we might want to make those changes. We tried to change shape in the first half and it didn’t work as well as we hoped, so we changed it and we started better in the second half and had good chances to win the game. But we conceded too many poor chances and conceded possession too often. We knew we’d have to be at full tilt to deal with the Czech Republic, but we should have been strong enough to deal with them

2019 10 13b Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate knows England must respond against Bulgaria before worrying about where they rank among the best teams in world football] The last couple of days have been about preparing right and making sure we get a reaction. We know it’s going to be a difficult game again and we have to be at our best. [The players] are very self-reflective. They know. They don’t need me to tell them when we don’t play at the level we can. We have to recover quickly from the result. There’s no point moping around, feeling sorry for ourselves.

To be one of the best teams in the world, we have to prove that in the biggest competitions. What we have to focus on is qualifying for the European Championships. Where we sit among the best teams in the world is a matter for debate and pub talk. We performed extremely well throughout the World Cup and for most of the Nations League. That’s why we’re highly ranked

[One player England hoped to call upon was uncapped playmaker James Maddison] Once a player has been released from the squad, it’s up to them how they spend their individual time. I guess what James Maddison has learned is that if you have an involvement with England there is an increased spotlight on you. That goes with the territory. It’s a high-profile position

2019 10 14 Retrieve

[England boss Gareth Southgate has sent a thinly-veiled warning to James Maddison after the Leicester City playmaker was pictured in a casino on Friday] He sent a message to say the story was going to be in the paper. My focus has to be with the players here in Sofia - getting the reaction that we want and everybody in the right place for the game. I don’t want to discuss individuals but I know pretty much everything about all my players. I watch every minute of their football. I speak to their club managers, the coaches of the junior teams. We never know absolutely everything but we have a very clear picture. That’s the due diligence you have to do

I’m sure James Maddison recognises now that when you are with England, there’s a different sort of spotlight on you and your private life. Young players probably aren’t as aware of that. That goes with the territory. It’s a high-profile position. I don’t like losing money so the casino is not the place for me. We’ve focused on getting a response. Everything else is back to the office at the end of the week

2019 10 14b Retrieve

[England manager Gareth Southgate was keen to praise the performance of the match officials in difficult circumstances] I have to say that the officials were onto everything very quickly. We reported everything immediately when we heard things, we had constant communication with the fourth official and the referee. I was in contact with the players all the way through the first half in particular and then again at half-time. We know it’s an unacceptable situation. I think we have managed to make two statements, really: by winning the game and also raising the awareness of everybody to the situation. The game was stopped twice, and I know for some people that won’t be enough, but I think we were, as a group, on board with that process

2019 10 15 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate felt his England players made a statement against racism in football by reporting the abuse they were subjected to during Monday’s 6-0 win over Bulgaria] I have to say that the officials were on to everything very quickly. We reported everything immediately when we heard things. We had constant communication with the fourth official and the referee. I was in contact with the players all the way through the first half in particular and then again at half-time. We know it’s an unacceptable situation. We’ve managed to make two statements really, by winning the game but also by raising the awareness of everyone to the situation. The game was stopped twice and I know for some people that won’t be enough but I think as a group we were on board with that process

[Southgate explained his England squad had prepared for such an eventuality at Vasil Levski National Stadium] I’m incredibly proud of all my players and staff. We prepared for this game on the field and off the field. The whole group have been united in where they stood on what might happen, where we were during the game, at half-time and we’ve spoken again at the end. Our players feel well supported. It’s such a difficult area because I know not everybody will agree that we’ve gone far enough. But I still believe we’ve made a huge statement, the game was stopped twice. I don’t believe that’s a situation that’s happened before in international football. For me, an even bigger statement was the way our players played. We’ve got players who’ve gone through something they should never have to experience and they’ve come off with a smile on their face because of how they played. They always want the story to be about football but they’ve also been part of something that I think will be bigger

2019 10 15b Retrieve

[Southgate: England players will be stronger after racism in Bulgaria] The way they dealt with everything because a lot of our young players haven’t experienced, from Friday night, the fallout of a difficult, poor England performance which is unique, compared to the clubs. So, managing the group through that; their response to that was excellent. Their focus and preparation for the game was excellent. The job is a remarkable one in terms of the breadth of what you have to deal with. I can’t think of too much that’s like it. We’ve had to go through an incredible amount in 72 hours - football, non-football, everything else

[Southgate added that the difficult spell for his side has actually seen them come out stronger than they were before] Then, tonight [there was] something completely different for them all to deal with but we knew tonight was enough experience for a multitude of reasons. So, again, the response, their focus, the way that they played throughout the stoppages in the game and back into it was remarkable. So, bizarrely, I think they’ve actually gained strength from the experience. They shouldn’t have had to go through that. But I think in terms of the way they dealt with it, I don’t think they could have done it in a more impressive manner

2019 10 15c Retrieve

[With the match halted twice in the first half after England players complained about a spectrum of abuse including monkey chants and Nazi salutes y Bulgarian fans … The reality, of course, is that England and everyone else have underreacted to racism in football for decades] I’m incredibly proud of the players and all the staff. It’s such a difficult area as not everyone will agree we’ve gone far enough but I still believe we’ve made a huge statement. The game was stopped twice - I don’t believe that’s happened in international football

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[England’s players were subjected to racist abuse during Monday night’s 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria in Sofia] We know it is an unacceptable situation. I think we have managed to make two statements by winning the game but also we have raised the awareness of everyone to this situation

[The England players and staff decided to finish the match during a half-time talk, but 10 minutes before the break Southgate spoke to assistant coach Steve Holland about the likelihood of the match being abandoned given the racist abuse in the Vasil Levski National Stadium. When asked which sort of punishment should be dealt] With respect, the amount I’ve had to deal with is remarkable and other people are in positions to be able to affect that. I can’t give you what would be the right answer for that, so I think clearly it has got to be dealt with differently. The sad reality is that we weren’t able to stop incidents happening, and so now something clearly within the investigation has got to take that next step with regard to that, because it’s remarkable to have such a spotlight on a game and for that all to happen. But sadly, from a societal perspective, that seems to be what we’re dealing with.

2019 10 22 Retrieve

[Phil Foden, then, is benefitting from just being around Guardiola while at the same time training alongside De Bruyne & Co. on a daily basis] It isn’t always as straightforward as to go on loan because that is fraught with some difficulties as well at times with the style of play, different training regime, everything around Phil Foden.

2019 11 08 Retrieve

[England manager Gareth Southgate urged James Maddison to become a low-maintenance player for the national team] It’s not a good situation for a player when we’re talking about him in Sofia, and talking about him here and he’s yet to get on the pitch for us. So, that’s the challenge. You want to be high-performance, low-maintenance. I am prepared to work with players who are more difficult but you’re more likely to back those players if they’ve scored a winner for you and sweated blood for you, and that’s the bond you build with those players over a longer period of time

[Maddison could make his England debut this month] I didn’t feel the need to make a special case to call him. I wanted to see whether we would be selecting on form. I think it would be dangerous territory for me to go on a moral crusade over something that I don’t think was a good decision but was in his own time and we had released him from the squad

2019 11 08b Retrieve

[Southgate confirms Vardy could come back into England fold] We know his quality. I have always left that opportunity open. I don’t see the point at this moment in time because the conversation I had with Jamie was around looking at younger players in that position. It isn’t one for now but we keep monitoring that because you have a ready-made experienced player who could come in if we felt that was the right thing

[Pickford has faced his fair share of criticism for Everton’s decline] I think with everybody when they are in a team who are closer to the bottom of the table, there are going to be moments where that team are under more pressure. I thought Jordan played very well at the weekend against Tottenham. I thought his focus was good and his kicking was good, so you have got to balance it when you are judging players. It’s not just a couple of games, it’s a longer period of time and generally with us Jordan’s performances have been excellent so that obviously has a bearing on how we view him

2019 11 09 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has bemoaned the scarcity of English qualified players getting regular matches in the Premier League ahead of the final round of Euro 2020 qualification matches] Well, it used to be double that. So that’s probably a bigger sign of the times, that we won’t have half the players on the field eligible for us. Then we have to pick up the pieces of that game. That’s the difficulty from our perspective but those that are playing are of good quality and, of course, it’s a huge game for all of them. We’re a few per cent higher this year, which is a positive step. You can see even by that small shift that we have two or three players we are picking now that we wouldn’t have had a chance to pick last season. I think I’ve said enough about eligibility issues and the numbers, but the reality is still different from that of the last few decades

[That contingent includes John Stones of City and Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Southgate thinks their top-level experience helps their cause, and their team-mates] In the ideal scenario you want players that are playing in matches where they’re pushing to win trophies. The extra pressure that comes with those games is what you have to deal with [when you are] with England. When you’re playing for big clubs, there’s a responsibility to perform every week. With lesser clubs, sometimes you can lose and there isn’t a big inquest. Of course there is one within the club and locally but with the big clubs that’s national. The profile is just bigger and it’s closer to what they face with the national team

2019 11 11 Retrieve

[Sterling dropped by England for Montenegro clash after bust-up with Gomez] We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem Sterling for the match against Montenegro on Thursday. One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we’ve been able to separate club rivalries from the national team. Unfortunately, the emotions of yesterday’s game were still raw. My feeling is that the right thing for the team is the action we have taken. Now that the decision has been made with the agreement of the entire squad, it’s important that we support the players and focus on Thursday night

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Sterling and Gomez squared up to each other during the Reds’ 3-1 win against Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday, with their club rivalry spilling over into the England camp] Unfortunately the emotions of yesterday’s game were still raw. One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we’ve been able to separate club rivalries from the national team. We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday. My feeling is that the right thing for the team is the action we have taken. Now that the decision has been made with the agreement of the entire squad, it’s important that we support the players and focus on Thursday night

2019 11 12b Retrieve

[England boss Southgate considers Sterling action ‘appropriate’ after criticism in wake of Gomez row] I think it was important to come and speak publicly so that the players don’t need to deal with that going forward. Raheem in his post last night explained that for a very brief moment his emotions ran over. It would be correct to say that that was not the same for Joe. We have some excellent senior players who have played a part in bringing everybody together

When you’ve made a decision like that it’s going to be public on Wednesday or Thursday anyway and I’d rather deal with it now than on the day of the game. I’m not prepared to go into detail. There is enough conjecture and opinion and talk out there - we don’t need to add to that. I’ve said what I think needs to be said but we have to keep as much as we can between ourselves

[Sterling could come back into consideration for a meeting with Kosovo on Sunday and Southgate feels the right action has been taken by the playing and coaching staff] It’s important to be as fair as possible on any decision I make, whether that’s a senior player or a junior player. The decision has been made not to consider Raheem for the game on Thursday and that’s the end of the matter for me. The priority for me is to keep the group together if possible and, as emotions calmed yesterday, that was clearly a possibility. I’m very impressed with the players, the way they worked it through collectively

In the end I’m the manager and I’ve made a decision that I think was appropriate for how we want to move forward. I consult very closely with all of the players and in particular my senior players and they have a very good understanding of the way we’ve worked over the last couple of years, that has brought us a lot of togetherness, which is still there. Now we have to turn our attention to the football. We’ve got a hugely important qualifier to qualify for a European Championships. I love all of my players, we’re like a family and all families have disagreements. The most important thing is you communicate through those disagreements. I don’t expect, as a manager, to never have to deal with things that are difficult or unexpected. That’s part and parcel of the job

[Southgate is now eager for attention to be turned to competitive football within the England camp] In my view, the group are moving forward. There seems to be all sorts of information being passed from all different areas. Team getting out, information getting out, there seems to be so much information in the background. Every player has had an opportunity to speak to me if they want to, and my view is that the group is ready to move forwards

2019 11 12c Retrieve

[Southgate also said he is wished the incident between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez had remained behind closed doors] There seems to be all sort of information being passed from so many different areas. This is a consequence of the England football team at the moment. That is a very difficult situation and something we have to think about getting forward

[During the World Cup, an apparent England team sheet was leaked ahead of the group game against Panama, after assistant coach Steve Holland was photographed during an open training session with notes referring to a possible line-up. At the time, Southgate was not hugely concerned by the information on the notes, although he did suggest the decision to publish the photograph was potentially to his team’s detriment] It doesn’t bother me in the slightest. There’s a squad of 23 names on the sheet, the next sheet has different players in different positions because we swap people in and swap people out. For me, no drama, but obviously any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team, is a disadvantage to us. So, of course, our media has to decide whether they want to help the team or not. But, given that was just a squad list, it doesn’t make any difference really

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate can understand if Raheem Sterling is not hugely enthusiastic about him after dropping the Manchester City star for his part in an altercation with Joe Gomez, but is hopeful time heals any ill-feeling] Well, I wouldn’t imagine that he’s hugely enthusiastic [about Southgate], but I can understand that. In the end, he’s with the group, that’s the most important thing. He’s a massive part of what we do - has been, will be. He’s with us for the game, he’s back with the team on the training pitch enjoying his football. [He] trained superbly well, as he always does. So, for me, the thing is finished.

I know, as a player, my relationship with my managers and how I felt about them changed day to day, and there were many occasions when I had the hump with them, usually when I wasn’t in the team. So, I understand that, I hope that time takes its course on those things. As a manager, you hope that you bring lots of good moments for players. There are those occasions where you give them their debut, you give them the chance to play, but there are inevitably occasions when you don’t start them, where you have to take them off, and that will always be the landscape.

I hope that all of my players know that, first and foremost, I care about them, that I want to be fair with them, that I want to do what’s right for all of them, and that they can lean on me when they need me. And I also accept that, at times, they’re not going to be bouncing with joy when they see my face walking through the meal room. So, that is part and parcel of being a manager, and if you’re not up for that challenge, then [it’s] better to go and do something else

[When asked if the past week had been the trickiest as England boss] Most of them are pretty difficult weeks. I don’t remember many … I don’t know what a normal week with England would be, frankly. So, the key is always to go and win the football matches and that’s where my focus has been for the last 48 hours and for the three weeks before that. So, any manager of any big club or big nation knows that all of those situations are difficult. We’re under huge scrutiny for performance and everything else, so I haven’t viewed this as any more or less difficult than anything else

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[Southgate praises Sterling’s reaction after Joe Gomez clash with recall expected] Yes. Without knowing what might happen in tomorrow’s game and everything else, but I can see that being the case. His reaction has been brilliant. He spoke to the team really well and he’s trained really well and I can’t fault his reaction at all. So, there might be observation about where he might be in terms of me and giving you an honest answer of what I think he’s likely to be thinking. But in terms of how he’s trained and how he’s been around the guys and with us, I’m happy

[While Sterling is expected to return, it remains to be seen whether Joe Gomez will feature as he vies with the likes of Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings and John Stones for a place in Southgate’s XI] I’m not going to pick the whole team for the next two games, but whatever decision I make, what happened last Monday won’t have any bearing on selection for the next two games. He is up against three outstanding, experienced centre-backs at his club. But he’s a young defender and we’ve always thought highly of him as a player and as a character. So he’s developing well. I know he’ll want to play more with us, but he’s already proved to us against the likes of Brazil and Germany that he can cope at the highest level and thrive at the highest level. Of course, when you’re not getting a number of games at club level it’s more difficult to come straight into the national team. But that doesn’t mean we’ve lost faith in him because that’s why we’ve kept him in the squad

2019 11 14b Retrieve

[Southgate highlights England’s defensive fragility after Montenegro win] The attacking playing in the first half, in particular. Really good movement and super quality of passing and crossing, and really good finishing. We know we should win the group comfortably but you look around Europe and there are other countries who struggle to score the goals that we have. In the past, we have struggled against those lower ranked teams who defend in numbers, now we’ve got players that can open these teams up and a style of play to match. [But] we have to get both ends of the pitch right. We conceded a couple of chances tonight that we shouldn’t have. They’re the clinical things we’ll have to be better at. There’s still work to do without the ball, but we are improving

2019 11 14c Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate is backing Harry Kane to break the England goals record] It’s an amazing feat [by Kane] when you’re talking about the names [Shearer, Finney and Lofthouse]. It’s lovely on a night like tonight that we can talk about those players. He is ruthless, he’s got the ability to do it, he’s got time. If everything falls into place for him, I’m sure he can do that

[England manager warned there is still work to do if Harry Kane is to form part of a successful England team] We’re blessed. With the likes of Harry, Raheem [Sterling], Marcus [Rashford] and then the younger ones that are coming into the mix as well, we’ve got incredible firepower. We always think we can score goals. We will always cause opponents problems. We’ve just got to make sure we get both ends of the pitch right if we’re going to be serious contenders

[Asked if England will have a stronger side at the Euros than when they reached the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup] That’s a difficult balance. We’re fielding such a young team tonight, and we are young. We’re still a work in progress. We’re a hugely exciting attacking unit, but we’ve got a bit to learn about managing games. We’ve got to make sure we’re tighter with our defending as a team, but the future is very, very exciting

2019 11 16 Retrieve

[Southgate stresses Joe Gomez injury withdrawal purely a coincidence] You couldn’t make it up really if you tried. He’s absolutely fine. He took a clash of knees [on Friday]. We scanned it just to be certain and I think he’ll be fine in a couple of days, but he wasn’t able to train. We actually ended up having a chuckle this morning at the ridiculousness of him having to go home in the way he did. It’s been a difficult week for him but one that will make him stronger and one that he’s dealt with really well.

I think now is a good moment for him just to go home for a couple of days, clear his head. The pleasing thing for me is that we’ve got him back on the pitch. I think the fact that Raheem put out the tweet that he did the other night was real closure on that whole incident. We get Raheem back on the pitch tomorrow. We won the match on Thursday and we can now just look forwards

2019 11 17 Retrieve

[Southgate: England even stronger after Sterling controversy] You have to work through any difficulties you might have. The whole group have done that really well and I think we’ve come out of this stronger than we started it, quite frankly. We’re further ahead in being more settled in the group and the way we want to play and players understanding our principles of play. There is really good competition and we wanted to learn a few things tonight, that we certainly did

2019 11 17b Retrieve

[England manager Gareth Southgate believes his side are heading into Euro 2020 in better shape than they were before the World Cup] What we don’t know, because we haven’t had those tests more recently against the top eight or 10 [nations], is exactly how we’re going to cope in those moments, and to win the European Championship is, at the moment, no easier than the World Cup. The final four at the World Cup were all European and you’ve got to add Spain, Germany, Portugal and all the others into that. It’s a really high-level tournament

[Sterling returned to the starting XI on Sunday after being dropped as a result of his spat with Joe Gomez] I would say that we’re definitely further ahead than we were heading into the Russia World Cup but we made massive strides in this period [between the end of World Cup qualifying and the finals]. We’ve got to make sure that to get the level of performance next summer, we have to improve in the way that we did over that spell. I think the team have belief, for sure. You can see the confidence. They don’t come into these matches worrying about what might go wrong. They’ve got the confidence to control games with possession and they know they’re going to score goals.

We’ve got to have some confidence about what we’re doing. That said, we’ve got a lot to keep improving on and we know that. None of us are complacent in any way. We keep pushing the players for the fine details of the game all the time and they want that. They’re hungry for that, which is a really good sign for us. Our forward players and I mean, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford are so exciting to work with. Then, with the younger ones that are supporting that. They thrive from each other, they create for each other, they are all scoring goals - which wasn’t the case 18 months ago, particularly for Marcus and Raheem, but they work so hard for the team. That, for me, the biggest thing

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate plans to stay on as England manager for the 2022 World Cup if he feels there is warmth for him to continue] When you have a week like I’ve had, you sense that people can fall out of love with you and if there isn’t a warmth for you to continue, then that can start to affect the team. So, I’m realistic about how quickly those tides can turn. For me, it’s about what’s next and I know in the end we’ll always be judged ultimately by the tournaments. We’ve got to accept that [England are one of the favourites]. We should go in feeling confident about ourselves and, equally, we know there are areas of the game we’ve got to get better at. But I think all the top teams will feel the same. The players have the belief and we’ve got to keep giving them that belief, but we don’t tell them lies, we are pretty honest with our appraisals of their performances and the sorts of matches they’re going in to

I think when I started and we looked at other federations, we were almost embarrassed to go and look at where we should be preparing for. And Germany were always there and they’d already secured the best hotel. So, I think we’ve had to be a bit bolder and say, ‘no, look, it’s not a jinx to go and do it’. We’ve got to have belief in what we’re doing and execute the right preparation. Without taking any focus off what we’re doing next summer we’ve got to get the next bit right, otherwise we’ll be behind the curve. I think the best organisations get that short-, mid- and long-term planning right

2019 11 19b Retrieve

[At the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, England players had bets on who could get most song titles into interviews. Asked about the England training camp, Gareth Southgate told Bob Wilson] It’s not exactly Club Tropicana, Bob. You are not going to get any Careless Whispers from me about the team.

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Southgate calls for more England improvement after challenging year] The quality of the game [against the Netherlands] was an important challenge for us, but also to go to Portugal and play with 20,000 England fans in the stadium and some pressure on the game, because we had the chance to win something

For our young players in particular - for quite a few of them - that’s the biggest game they’ve ever played in. Those experiences are crucial for the development of the team. It wasn’t what we wanted, there were elements of the performance that were good and we were a VAR decision of half a foot, which has now become quite commonplace, but that was one of the first we’d experienced. These are the fine margins in those big games, but as an experience the whole competition was a really good one for us.

[England won their third-place playoff game against Switzerland on penalties, a result that Southgate doesn’t underestimate] It was still important to win that penalty shootout, and again, another good experience. We came away from the whole competition with some progress having been made

In our mind we knew a lot that needed working on and it fixed our mind as a group of coaches for what needs to happen ahead of next summer in particular

[England’s players were the victim of racism in Montenegro and Bulgaria, while Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez had a falling out in November following the Liverpool and Manchester City game] They were an important moment for us as a team, that everybody felt supported and everybody felt the team were united in what they were going to do. We definitely got to that stage as the year went through

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Emergence of Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi has Southgate excited about England’s future] We knew there were some really good young players coming through our development system, but we’ve always said we’ll only put them in if we really believe they are good enough. Then maybe sometimes they might need to drop back with the U21s for a little spell and then come back in, because we don’t want to move lads up and not play them but we genuinely feel a lot of these young players are our best players in those positions. In the two November fixtures, I think the average age was just over 23, so you can see that they are a couple of years away from peeking really but they are also producing a high level of performance now. I’ve said before, the next four or five years for England with this group of players and some of the others that we know are coming from underneath, is hugely exciting

I think the tournament success we had with our U17s and U20s really alerted the public to what was going on, but we knew there were some very good players. We weren’t sure how they would marry up against the better young players around Europe and around the world, but once they had won those competitions you can genuinely say our kids are a match for those teams. Then we’ve got to get the balance right, because you need the experienced players around those youngsters to A: have the knowledge to win big matches, but B: to give those youngsters the support. When the games are going well they’ll flourish, play well and they’ll enjoy it. But when the games are more challenging or you’re behind in a game, then some young players can adapt and adjust to that immediately, but some will need time to work those things out. We have to get the balance right of leadership and experience while giving some of these young players their head, because we really think we should be investing in them for the long-term

2019 12 25 Retrieve

[Southgate would be ‘disappointed’ not to be linked to Premier League jobs] I am completely fulfilled in the role, it’s a privilege to be the manager of England. Sometimes in life we are always looking at what’s coming next and not relishing how fortunate we are to be in the position that we are in. I feel like our team can still get better, there are objectives that we still want to achieve. In the future? I know realistically that I’m not going to be England manager in 10 years’ time - I hope to be in six months’ time. Somewhere in between that, there is going to be something else. I’d be disappointed if I wasn’t linked with some of those jobs if I’m honest. I don’t worry about it because my phone has not been ringing. I think that is because people know that I am committed to the job that I am in.

[Southgate had to deal with an internal bust-up between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez during the last international break] I think there are situations as a leader, where whatever decision you make will be criticised. There are some situations where there isn’t a perfect solution and you all have to just work things out as a group. Time needs to pass. I have to make a decision that is right for the team first and foremost, and also support both of the players. There are so many people involved in a situation like that - everybody is going to have an opinion. Those that have managed or coached before understand the complexities of any situation like that. The most important thing is the team and the performance of the team. We were able to focus internally on the football very quickly and we got the results we needed and both boys got back on the pitch. They definitely came closer together and Raheem’s message when Joe got an adverse reaction at Wembley was a really powerful one. I think that bought some closure on the episode. We are dealing with young men who are going to be emotional at times. Part of the strength of some of our players is that edge that they have. Through that adversity we are stronger for it

2020 03 04 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate was in attendance and took some time out to comment on Kane’s progress] As far as I am concerned he’s on schedule, with all the information that we’ve had we know he is progressing well. He’ll give himself the best chance of being fit by following everything to the absolute letter. I am not surprised by that news and of course, it is good to hear

2020 03 05 Retrieve

[England boss Southgate regrets ‘unfair’ Chris Smalling criticism as he opens door for possible Euro 2020 call-up] We want to play in a certain way and the players I have brought in I want to see using the ball from the back and building it up in a certain way

I’ve never ruled anybody out. I think that would be wrong. I think I said I probably regretted the way the message [came over] - by praising others for certain attributes, there was criticism for Chris. It was my fault and it was unfair on him. I think he’s done well in Italy. He’s playing at another big club. He was obviously playing at a big club before. We’re watching everybody because we’ve got to make sure we make the right decision. I spoke to him when I left him out of the squad and explained what I explained to everybody. Of course because of the way it came out, there was little point - I wasn’t going to say anything that hadn’t already been said

2020 03 20 Retrieve

[Southgate ready for ‘beautiful distraction that football can bring’ as England prepare for Euro 2021] As we would have been gathering our squad for March fixtures this weekend, it felt an appropriate moment to write a message to all of our supporters. For everyone in our country, the primary focus of the present - and the coming months - is undoubtedly to look after our families, support our communities and work together to come through what is clearly the most extreme test that we’ve faced collectively in decades. On behalf of all the team and staff, I would like to take this opportunity to send our sympathies to those who have lost loved ones already. Our thoughts are with you and with those who sadly will suffer similarly in the coming period. In the way you’ve all come together to support our team, we must now work together to combat a virus that is causing physical and emotional issues to so many

We are also conscious of the economic uncertainty affecting so many businesses and, consequently, virtually every family. Coupled with the unique challenges of self-isolation, the loss of routine to normal working and social life, we face real challenges to our mental wellbeing. Our children may feel anxious with uncertainty. It’s not normal for any of us and it’s going to challenge us all.

Look out for each other. Please don’t suffer alone, and remember that our great country has come through these enormous challenges before - and, together, we will do so again.

We were due to play next week and to represent you all this summer, but now is clearly not the moment for us to take centre-stage. The heroes will be the men and women who continue working tirelessly in our hospitals and medical centres to look after our friends and families. They won’t receive the individual acclaim, but we all know their importance is beyond anything we do on the pitch.

When we play again as an England team, it will be at a time when not only our country but the rest of the world as well is on the road to recovery. Hopefully we will be closer to each other than ever, and ready for the beautiful distraction that football can bring.

To play in a European Championship next summer will still be possible for all of our squad and so we shouldn’t spend another moment thinking about the postponement of the competition. I feel sure that, when that moment comes, I will never have been prouder to be the leader. Again on behalf of us all, I wish you and your families strength and love to thrive through the challenges ahead

2020 03 21 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate penned an open letter to England fans laying out the unprecedented challenges their nation and the world now face due to COVID-19] We were due to play next week and to represent you all this summer but now is clearly not the moment for us to take centre stage. The heroes will be the men and women who continue working tirelessly in our hospitals and medical centres to look after our friends and families. They won’t receive the individual acclaim but we all know their importance is beyond anything we do on the pitch

2020 04 04 Retrieve

[England boss Southgate set to take 30% pay cut as FA considers ‘implications’ of coronavirus pandemic] The financial implications of the coronavirus are not yet known, however, as a not-for-profit organisation, we want to ensure that we take the appropriate course of action to support the wider organisation and our employees. We will make a further announcement on our next steps in due course

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate believes the sky’s the limit for Rashford] He is [a special talent]. We have to remember that I don’t think Harry [Kane], at that age, had hardly played anywhere near the matches for Spurs, really

Some of the stepovers and things Ronaldo was doing at that age, he wasn’t converting them into the number of goals, so we have got to give him time to develop

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[Southgate believes the hindrance of black coaches and staff is football’s ‘biggest crime’ and called for the career path to be equal for all] I think Ashley Cole is developing very well and on a similar route to what Steven did - in that Steven worked in Liverpool’s academy for a couple of years. On a broader scale, we lack that representation. The biggest crime for us in any area, if we’re adults looking at kids, is if they sit and think that a path in life isn’t possible. And is not accessible. I heard Jermain Defoe say a few days ago: ‘Is it worth me taking my [coaching] qualifications?’. We have to avoid the feeling that you can’t achieve something because that stops some people going for it. We have to make sure the opportunity is there when people are qualified and capable. And then, of course, they have to grasp that opportunity. If they can do well, they’ll role model what’s possible to the next generation

I know that I got an opportunity at Middlesbrough when I wasn’t qualified. That came because I had worked at the club and the owner knew me. But I couldn’t say that opportunity would have been there for somebody else. And I think we are all very conscious of it

The power of what is happening at the moment is that people are standing together and these observations, these deeper-seated issues are rightly leading to the broader debate on opportunity, on privilege, and it’s important people speak out. I do feel there is a moment for change but I’m also conscious that we’ve been here before. People have spoken brilliantly over the last week - people like Troy Townsend, Chris Grant and David Olusoga. A lot of that will be uncomfortable for white people, in particular, but they are critical voices to be heard. It’s also important to hear from white voices because ultimately they are going to be in the positions to open up opportunity. We are the ones who have to be educated

2020 06 09b Retrieve

If I look at his age and his contribution, he’s learning the game, he’s slowly maturing - there are bits he’s still got to learn - and he has some fantastic role models in Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, not only in terms of how they play but also their professionalism, their desire and hunger

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Southgate on his centre-back] We haven’t got a great amount of strength in depth at centre-back at the moment

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate believes any decision Jadon Sancho makes about his future will benefit England] From a personal point of view, for England, whichever route opens up is positive. He’ll play at Dortmund, he is well looked after by the staff and they give the right messages. There isn’t a downside for us if he stays with Dortmund but if we see him in the Premier League that brings different opportunities to see him in a different environment and how he adapts to that. The most important thing is that he keeps playing regularly, at his age that’s key to him learning and improving. The key is he has to play football. The beauty of him playing at Dortmund is he has played regularly and he has played in a team expected to hit a certain level. Champions League football is another bonus and that need to be challenging Bayern Munich all the way. The Premier League would provide him with a different challenge, the depth of the league is a bit more intense - in terms of the quality

2020 06 13b Retrieve

[Southgate says individual mistakes will not end international careers but he is keeping tabs on the players] I won’t judge people purely on what’s happened now but we build a picture of evidence. When dealing with young men there will always be transgressions and I will never make a decision on someone based on one mistake or one misjudgement. Equally, I don’t miss much and you are constantly judging and assessing people and building a picture of what you’re going to be working with. We judge on the field and off the field, what’s the character and personality? We’ll be away for a lockdown of 40 to 60 days if we’re going to a tournament, how are those people going to cope with that? Are they dedicated enough? Professional enough? I’m not going to not pick somebody because of something that has happened in this period but we have a picture forming all the time of people’s lives and where they are at. Character is important, if we are going to be a winning team

2020 06 13c Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate on Black Lives Matter] The power of what is happening at the moment is that people are standing together and these observations, these deeper-seated issues are rightly leading to the broader debate on opportunity, on privilege, and it’s important people speak out. People have spoken brilliantly over the last week. A lot of that will be uncomfortable for white people, in particular, but they are critical voices to be heard. It’s also important to hear from white voices because ultimately they are going to be in the positions to open up opportunity. We are the ones who have to be educated

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Gareth Southgate has seen Sancho transfer his club form at Dortmund to the international stage with England, but warned the young winger that Premier League football is far more competitive than the Bundesliga when discussing his future earlier this month] Gareth Southgate has seen Sancho transfer his club form at Dortmund to the international stage with England, but warned the young winger that Premier League football is far more competitive than the Bundesliga when discussing his future earlier this month

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Jadon Sancho: Manchester United will not pay more than £50m for England winger] He’s a very talented young player - that’s clear. I think the interesting challenge is that Bayern [Munich] are the best team in the Bundesliga; RB Leipzig and Dortmund are performing well but the gap when you then work down the league is an interesting one when you compare it to the Premier League. Any step for Sancho is going to be a challenge but he’s developing really well

If I look at his age and his contribution, he’s learning the game, he’s slowly maturing - there are bits he’s still got to learn - and he has some fantastic role models in Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, not only in terms of how they play but also their professionalism, their desire and hunger