Southgate hopes to redefine 'happy football' with England

Steve Holland

Southgate took the opportunity in his Friday press conference to condemn the leak by the press and effectively give his side's opponents the opportunity of seeing their line-up in advance.

"We are a team that is improving all the time, individuals are improving all of the time and for most of those players, it is their first experience of the World Cup", Southgate said to ITV Sport.

Defender Kyle Walker was also asked about the leaked note - and, like Southgate, urged the media to keep any information to themselves in order to help the national team. "So if you could just please help us with that, it would be polite".

The assistant coach was photographed carrying a note that suggested England were planning to leave Alli out and play a 3-5-2 formation.

But, ahead of the Panama clash, we were given another reminder that Southgate is already a world-class diplomat and ambassador for his country. "My view is I totally understand the media have a role to report news - my only observation which I probably haven't worded properly is it's a definite advantage if the opposition know the other team". But England could take the pressure off by beating Panama, a result that would guarantee a spot in the second round. "Given that was just a squad list, it doesn't make any difference to us really".

"We're really pleased with where he is at, but he wouldn't be ready for the game".

"The media have been crying out for more access and a better connection to the players, and they have got that".




"Tunisia liked to play the ball out from the back and they was very patient, and we pressed them high, but they got out sometimes".

"The gaffer has said that everyone who is here in the 23-man squad is going to be needed at some point, so you've obviously just got to stay focused and put the effort in and hopefully get your chance and that's when you have got to make sure it counts".

The 31-year-old played in all but the final game of the World Cup qualifiers but was omitted from Gareth Southgate's squad after a disappointing season on loan at West Ham United.

Frank Lampard believes England have the potential to go far at the World Cup and has urged the more experienced players to step up and showcase their leadership credentials.

"Everyone is doing the same now with youth setup and I think England were late to the party".

But competition remains high across the board and we have talented groups of youngsters coming through in groups, which is great because it allows them to form relationships as they grow up.

It is yet another example of Federation Internationale de Football Association putting the big money ahead of the fans that supporters without cash are not able to buy essentials such as food and refreshments unless they are carriers of one specific sponsors' branded card.

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