England’s Euro 2020 run down to Gareth Southgate, players not repeating predecessors’ mistakes

A look at England’s Euro 2020 run down to Gareth Southgate, players not repeating predecessors’ mistakes. First of all is the coach himself, Gareth Southgate, who took over the England job after Roy was relieved of his duties after the disastrous World Cup in Russia. He played for Middlesbrough, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2016. He was appointed to the role on New Years Day.

Russia versus England in the European Championships final is a rematch of the 2014 World Cup semi-final, and if you were a player involved in that encounter it’s safe to say you are sick of being asked the same questions. This time, the hosts’ hopes of a repeat final rest on Gareth Southgate’s team, and if they are to reach the promised land they can’t make the same mistakes as the England squad led by Roy Hodgson in France in 2016. Last summer, the then England manager was criticised for leaving players out of the squad because they were not playing for their clubs, and by the time the victory in the quarter-finals was achieved the squad was already divided into two camps – the players who lifted England

lived in England for almost a quarter of a century and followed the national team for most of that time, I can tell you that reaching the semi-finals is a very different experience. (In a good way, I might add, although of course that doesn’t mean they’ll win Euro 2020; history shows they’re not used to getting the trophy).

Don’t get me wrong, some things stay the same. Few countries, at least among the great ones, are capable of ecstasy and depression over a single result.

If you win, you’ll hear the pundits and fans – at least the ones making the most noise – say that England can beat anyone and that anyone in a Three Lions shirt is a world-class player, or as they like to say, no less. If they lose, they are at best incompetent ingrates, at worst a bunch of spoiled, selfless ingrates who tarnish the national character.

That’s not to say that the media and fans in other countries don’t get angry when they succeed, or turn into angry villagers with pitchforks and torches when they fail. Of course they are, but it’s not always a 180 degree turn from one game to another.

But if nothing has changed in England, then much has been changed by the man at the helm, Gareth Southgate, and little by the players in his team. Here are five ways this site is different.

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1. Southgate is kind, humble and normal

The England manager is probably clearer than any of his seven regular predecessors. Don’t forget that this list also includes the man who lost his job after saying he believed in reincarnation and that disabled people were punished for sins they committed in a previous life (Glenn Hoddle), the man who unexpectedly resigned during an interview after a game at Wembley (Kevin Keegan), the man.Sven Goran Eriksson, the man who resigned because the FA forced him to take off his captain’s armband (Fabio Capello), and the man who had to resign after a game because an undercover investigation had revealed that player registration rules had been circumvented (Sam Allardyce).

This all has its own context and downside, and there is nothing to suggest that the aforementioned managers were worse than Southgate; in fact, most of them were probably better from a purely footballing perspective. But it means the current England manager has managed to avoid controversy and drama to an extent that others have failed to do. Moreover, he did so by being humble and sincere – qualities that people find attractive.

2. Southgate doesn’t let the media influence him too much

Whether it was the use of Kieran Trippier at left-back (and the complete replacement of Ben Chilwell), the selection of Calvin Phillips in midfield, the use of Raheem Sterling or the insertion of Bukayo Sac against Germany, Southgate made a number of decisions that many thought were out of the norm. The same conventional wisdom that forced previous managers to put Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and sometimes Paul Scholes in the same midfield.

Southgate is not nervous, even when the critics’ performance remains unsatisfactory, as in the 0-0 draw with Scotland or the second match in the group stage against the Czech Republic, in which England scored an expected 0.0 goals (which is frankly difficult).

He has a plan, he sticks to it, and he knows that in the short term he will be judged by how his teams play (thus risking criticism from the media), but that in the long term he will be judged by how well they do in tournaments (so far they are doing well).

Southgate understood a fundamental concept that others seem to miss: Club football – with a 38-game season – generally rewards teams that attack and play well and score more goals than they give up. Tournament football, on the other hand, is a different animal where risk is not desired.

France won the last World Cup by sitting back, not losing and waiting for the superstars on the other side to do something special. England aren’t there yet – and they shouldn’t be, because Phillips is no Paul Pogba, Declan Rice is no N’Golo Kante, Sterling is no Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe is nowhere to be seen – but the concept is no different.

Gareth Southgate’s approach has produced a team that is comfortable in tournament situations. Getty Images

3. English players look like they want to be there

After most of the disappointments of the tournament in recent years, the English media themselves have investigated what went wrong. It’s a well-known process. The coaches’ decisions are (always) criticised and a big theory usually emerges, sometimes with an individual scapegoat like David Beckham in 1998, David Seaman in 2002 or Wayne Rooney, but sometimes also celebrating a collective dereliction of duty.

Inevitably, another sub-theme pops up: did these players really want to wear the three lions, and was there an internal rivalry that tore the group apart? Ericsson noted that players ate and hung out with their clubmates, other managers said that players felt less safe in the England national team than at club level, while still others noted that players felt like a burden in the national team environment.

And when it went wrong, as always, a selective story appeared in the national media. If England beats Denmark on Wednesday(3pm ET, LIVE on ESPN), the cycle could repeat itself.

I don’t think so, as there was none after the 2018 World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia, and all indications are that there is no poison in this England camp, unlike previous expeditions. It’s not just Southgate’s doing, but this group of players.

4. This group has the right mix of leaders and foot soldiers

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There is no doubt that this English team is as strong as any non-French team in Europe in terms of squad depth, especially at the attacking positions. But there is also the humility of the players in whom Southgate has had the most confidence in recent weeks. Compared to before, there are few alpha males, superstars who admire me among the regulars.

Rice, Phillips and Jordan Pickford watch the Champions League on television. These three ManCity players are important to their club, but not irreplaceable, partly because of Pep Guardiola’s strong team ethic, partly because of the talent around them. Mason Mount has yet to become a star. Luke Shaw plays for ManUnited, but he’s had a lot of setbacks. Harry Maguire is a born leader, but he stayed at Hull City until he was 24.

The exception is Harry Kane, who has worn Tottenham on his back for years, but is not to be confused with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in terms of ego and personality. They are a team that is passionate about what they do, with plenty of talent and players coming in and off the bench, whether it’s Jaydon Sancho, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish or Saka. It’s not a team built around two or three men – maybe just Kane, but even then you saw him play for long periods and he didn’t complain – and that’s what makes it different.

5. Success breeds success and confidence

It’s also different for the simple reason that many players know what success on the national team looks like. England have reached the semi-finals of a major tournament only six times. Southgate and much of the team did so twice, as did Sir Alf Ramsey and his teammates in 1966 and 1968.

England failed to reach the top four for more than 20 years before Southgate led them to Russia. This does not mean that the pressure has dropped, but it is not insignificant, because once the cycle has started, it is difficult to slow down.

Once you have experienced doing something worthwhile, it becomes easier to do it again. This English team does not play with arrogance, but the players seem to have a quiet confidence. And it may be even more important.

Southgate’s England has managed to break the feedback loop between drama and disappointment. Not because they necessarily play better or have better players – at least the ones who take the field – but because of their behavior and the effect the camp environment has on them.

Maybe it’s not entirely up to the leader. Maybe it’s the players. Maybe it’s the fans and the media who, after 18 months of pandemic, are calmer and only accentuate the positive.

It may not be enough to win the Euro either, but it is a lot different than before.

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