Gareth Southgate will find himself besieged with offers to pen books chronicling his World Cup experience as England manager, according to talent agency Kruger Cowne Rights. Publishers will vie in auctions for rights to tell his Three Lions tale.
Southgate warned his players to seize every opportunity presented them when playing for England as they may never get another. His side were back in action after suffering an agonising quarter-final penalty shootout loss against France.
The clock is ticking
Time is running out for Gareth Southgate and his England players as we head toward next summer and their legacy will be determined.
After an early exit from the World Cup and an underwhelming Nations League performance against Italy, Southgate appears to recognize that now is their opportunity.
Southgate will make his squad announcement a week early so his players are aware of their international breaks around them.
The Three Lions will compete against Italy, Germany and Hungary in the Nations League this autumn as Gareth Southgate looks forward to using it as an early test of this generation of England players he hopes can deliver at 2024 European Championships. They’re expected to average 28 years old when playing their final tournament, providing plenty of time for proof that their potential can be realized.
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Seize the moment
Gareth Southgate knows all the ins and outs of international football inside out. As a player he earned 57 caps for England during their penalty shootout-heavy history; later as manager he guided them to reach the semifinals of a major tournament.
As a leader, he is also an unifying figure who the public can rally behind – in stark contrast to many of his predecessors who struggled for public approval with decisions like Glenn Hoddle leaving Paul Gascoigne off of the 1998 World Cup squad or Roy Keane ignoring calls for Michael Owen, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney at Euro 96.
Southgate has made changes to ensure England excel at tournaments, from inviting Ed Sheeran’s personal letter into training sessions with Royal Marines who have endured life-altering injuries to training alongside Royal Marines who have experienced first-hand how important teamwork can be. It remains to be seen whether Southgate can convince key stars he selects to buy into his vision and help lead England back to European finals after 55 years.
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Make the most of your time
Gareth Southgate has made headlines for his remarkable success in quietly turning England from underdogs into national heroes. Banks and other businesses have sought his management and motivational advice in after-dinner speeches delivered by him.
At Southgate’s insistence, representing England is “an honour again” and has dismissed suggestions that some elite players are selectively selecting when to play for England’s national side. Harry Maguire from Manchester United waited until Southgate had completed media duties before seeking to speak privately with him after their 3-3 draw with Germany before asking to meet privately with Southgate afterwards.
On Wednesday, he will name his squad for European qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia which start 19 days after the final Premier League match-round of the season. However, FA officials are concerned that certain players could miss out due to international duties – with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s request to opt-out being particularly notable.
Gareth Southgate has placed great emphasis on team discipline since taking over as England manager, but persistent breaches demonstrate that his message may not be reaching all players.
Southgate’s message did not get through to Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood who violated Covid-19 protocols by meeting girls at their hotel before team meetings in Iceland – leading them to being sent home as punishment.
Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho didn’t appear deterred when they attended a party before meeting up with England squad – breaking national rules in doing so and should have resulted in them sitting out two Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia as punishment.
No one expects England players to live like monks, but standards must be set and upheld in the camp. Any breaches could undermine Southgate’s efforts at restoring order in camp.
Source: koora live