Gareth Southgate says England youngsters are better than they think - and might cause a shock at World Cup
Gareth Southgate has said he could have picked âjourneyman professionalsâ for his England squad but has gone for young players who can be anything they want to be â" and might just cause a shock in the World Cup.
In explaining his 23-strong man squad for Russia, the England manager said: âSometimes experience is âI have not got anything to loseâ and that is probably where I am in life.â
He argued that his squad is not weighed down by expectation or the burden of previous failures. âWeâve had a generation of hugely experienced players who have just finished, really, in the last two to four years,â Southgate said.
âSo, what do we do? Do we go with some â" with respect â" journeyman professionals who are a bit older who are playing in the Premier League or do we go with younger players who we believe actually can play at the level, have the ability to improve and take England forward? Perform now and get better. We feel we should be looking to the latter group. OK, that means we lack some experience, but I only had five caps before Euro 96 and it was the most successful team in 25 years, you know?
âIt didnât hinder me. In fact, I was just thinking about whatâs possible, which is, I think, the mindset that we want the players to have.âSource: Google News