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England Players Must Not Reduce The Required Intensity – Gareth Southgate

England coach, Gareth Southgate has said that he will not condone any decrease in intensity from players in his team plus he will not hesitate to drop footballers that are found wanting.

Gareth is about to lead England to a Euro 2020 qualification vs Bulgaria today and then a clash vs Kosovo on Tuesday.

Gareth wants England to qualify seamlessly so he has urged his boys to help him achieve that.

His words, “We need to keep ramping up the pressure,” Southgate told reporters.

“We know we won’t have as many high-pressure experiences in the next eight months or so, unless we start to make problems for ourselves with qualifying.

“So we have to bring that intensity to every training session. We’ve decided we need to challenge everybody more and more, not accept any taking the foot off the gas.

“The players understand that challenge, they want the challenge. I must not overreact to everything that happened that night against Holland (in the Nations League semi-final) – but we made too many errors in a big game.

“We know we will improve if our work’s right and our mentality is right.

“You have to constantly improve, tweak different patterns, constantly improve the detail. All the time, you’ve got to be on top of all of those things.”

“The players have their own motivation. But in the end, competition for places is a pretty good motivator,”

“If you know there are people that can come into the team, that there are decisions with one player or the other and form and fitness at any given time that can determine who gets in.

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“The younger guys now are after the older ones – the older ones are still proud and want to stay in, and that’s a really healthy situation.”


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