Gareth Southgate wants young, hungry England to dream of winning World Cup

Lawrence Cooper
June 10, 2018

England's Danny Welbeck (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with team-mate Dele Alli during the International Friendly match at Elland Road. "If it's complicated it [selection], it's in a really good way", said a coy Southgate. Instead, England's trio of shot-stoppers have a mere 12 caps between them.

The pitch at Elland Road showed only a few scars from the riotous boxing bout which took place here three weeks ago and the blood-soaked brawl between Josh Warrington and Lee Selby was replaced by more careful sparring tonight.

"Marcus scored a hell of a goal and Vards was risky through the whole game, there's a lot of competition in the squad", said the 27-year-old. They are at an age and have hunger, enthusiasm and no little quality so they can certainly keep improving. Southgate acknowledged concerns about a lack of experience but claimed it was outweighed by the benefits.

"Anything's possible so we have to go there with the highest expectations".

"Some of the individual situations like Danny and Raheem's have come up and have allowed us to talk about different things and support each other", the Three Lions boss said.

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Manuel Lanzini became the latest addition to the casualty list this week, as he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in training. Sampaoli and his technical crew will now quickly decide the player who will replace Lanzini in the coming days.

As for the game itself, England put in a decent performance.

"It's one of the things that the three boys that have been on standby have talked about when I spent time with them today, and that's not to be underestimated because I think that gives us a real strength going into Russian Federation". Instead, the England manager plumped for a player lacking starts and another that only kicked on in the position in his thirties. "As a team, we are hugely supportive of what he's done".

"That [goalkeeper rivalry] helps push us all to be better and that's the way it should be". You get a closer connection. Ghana, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, hit back through Kasim Nuhu before Thomas Partey fired home three minutes from time. "You're a bit more prepared individually but also as a team as well, a bit more relaxed and going into the tournament we're more clued up about what we need to do individually and as a team". He has discussed with his players comments made by Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard about bitter inter-club rivalries destroying the spirit within England camps at previous tournaments.

The Rashford we saw for England on Thursday nearly looked like a completely different player to the unconfident, stressed Rashford we saw in Man United's FA Cup Final defeat to Chelsea.

"They've made a conscious effort to get the fans on their side, there's harmony", he said. "Whenever you're in an England shirt you have an opportunity to make history".

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