England’s young stars
Gareth Southgate has claimed England’s young players are ready.
Since taking over England, the manager has given chances to all the young stars he thinks have the talent.
It’s a difference from future generations, where the older players have usually been relied on.
Sky Sports report he said: “There is nobody in the squad that is here that we are not thinking of putting into the team.
“It is not experimentation. They are players we believe in. Okay, they are relatively inexperienced at the highest level but players we have enjoyed working with and they have shown in training this week they can handle this level.
“We will pick the team that we think is the best one to win the game.”
Southgate taking them forward
England will take on Croatia this evening.
The game will be played behind closed doors.
That will of course be a strange atmosphere for the players.
However, Southgate is expecting them to cope with it.
He added: “It is a shame for our travelling fans who were brilliant for us all summer. So many of whom have not missed an England game for years. So that is unfortunate for them in particular.”
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England will want to build on what was an excellent World Cup.
Southgate is of course staying with the team for the long term.
That will give him a chance to really implement his methods and nurture the young players ahead of the World Cup and Euros.
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