Tuesday, September 21, 2021

‘I want the players to play with freedom’

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Gareth Southgate tells Peter Glynn that he wants young English players to have the freedom to express themselves on the world stage.

Gareth Southgate is determined to help England’s players to express themselves on the international stage, after admitting there were periods of his playing career when he felt inhibited to perform at the highest level.

The former Three Lions’ defender, who played 57 times for his country, can also recall spells when he played with “absolute freedom” and is clear of which approach he wants his new charges to adopt.

“I know as a player that at times I was a bit inhibited in the way I played – I didn’t play with that absolute freedom,” he explained.

“There were moments in my career where I did . . .

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