England need more leaders – Gareth Southgate

Jan 2, 2017
England manager Gareth Southgate with team captain Wayne Rooney.
England manager Gareth Southgate with team captain Wayne Rooney.

England football manager Gareth Southgate believes things can be done to improve the mental strength of his players.

The Three Lions were heavily criticised in the summer following their shock defeat to Iceland at the European Championship.

Roy Hodgson’s players appeared to lack mental toughness and leadership after falling behind to the minnows.

But former under-21 boss Southgate, confirmed as permanent manager a month ago, thinks there were techniques he and his staff can use including getting players more involved in tactical preparation ahead of a game.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme: “I think for me the key is peaking mentally, arriving at tournaments as one of the genuine favourites, because over the two or three years in qualifying and against the big teams we have been outstanding.

“I think there are things we can work on with the team to help develop mental strength. I think mental resilience is generally a product of the experiences you’ve been through, so we have to tap into those.”

Southgate addressed the media for the first time as permanent manager of the England national team. – ESPN

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