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 Post subject: Re: England ~ Wayne's World & Garth Southgate
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:30 pm 
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Former England assistant boss Gary Neville says “it’s embarrassing” that Wayne Rooney apologised after he allegedly drunk at a hotel last weekend.

The Sun newspaper alleged that the England captain appeared to have been drinking heavily during a night out in the capital after England’s Wembley win over Scotland.

The paper alleged that Rooney dropped in on a wedding party and they printed a photo appearing to show the Manchester United forward, sporting an England training top, looking the worse for wear. They described him as ‘paralytic’.

The 31-year-old missed England’s draw with Spain on Tuesday with Gareth Southgate insisting a knee injury was the reason why the United man was pulled out of the squad.

Rooney has since apologised, but former United stalwart Neville, who assisted Roy Hodgson, at Euro 2016 says his apology was unnecessary.

Neville tweeted: “It’s embarrassing. Wayne Rooney shouldn’t have apologised . Or if he did his fellow teammates should have been with him!”

Neville then suggested that Rooney had been hung out to dry by the other unnamed players and staff that were present.

Replying to Michael Vaughan’s tweet labelling the story pathetic, Neville added: “Exactly and Maybe the ones that were with him shouldn’t have let him take all the crap on his own!!”

FA chief Martin Glenn tried to played down the antics but accepted the saga “doesn’t set a great tone for the England captain”.

But he admitted there would be a formal investigation after alcohol rules were broken.

“Don’t make a drama out of it. We are having a proper investigation into what went on. It’s disappointing,” Glenn said. “It’s appropriate that he apologised. It doesn’t set a great tone for the England captain but I don’t want to over-dramatise it either.

“Were there FA staff involved? We’re establishing the facts. We’re talking to people who were there to find out if anybody from the backroom staff was involved.

“Why on earth would you be doing that given there is a team agreement around alcohol consumption during camp? There would be questions asked for sure.”

Glenn has admitted the FA will work with players in order to establish rules for how they use their downtime in future.


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Henderson & Lallana were in a strip club in Bournemouth on the night off

Neither are accused of being drunk Henderson apparently doesn't drink but that's a 220 mile round trip


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To be fair it was the same paper that broke the Rooney story who broke this one the annoying this is they obviously know all the details but they're just slowly releasing information to build it all up.

Turns out Jagielka and possible even some FA members were out till the early hours with Rooney in that hotel bar but who cares about that and I wouldn't be surprised if they name the 10 players who went to that club next week.

Is it clever to get drunk on your night off no it isn't but these guys are human beings they've got busy club weeks coming up over the next few months and a Saturday night off where you've only got a friendly midweek is probably the time to let of a bit of steam rather than a Saturday night when you've got midweek cup/European matches with your club side.

Rooney is probably the back end of that drinking culture generation it seems like most younger footballers these days take it a bit more seriously and don't drink at all those who do probably do it in much more moderation.

Isn't it funny though we beat our old enemy Scotland 3-0 at home then rather than celebrate that we spend the whole week slagging off the captain and now the rest of the players. The state of the media in this country FFS.


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 Post subject: Re: England ~ Wayne's World & Garth Southgate
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:58 pm 
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Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana after reports they visited a strip club while on international duty.

The pair are alleged to have made the trip a day after a World Cup qualifier against Scotland and less than three days before a friendly with Spain.

It is also understood the FA did not tell captain Wayne Rooney to apologise over "inappropriate" pictures of him at a wedding at the team hotel during the same international break.

The Sun newspaper published images it said showed Rooney drunk at a party late on Saturday night - a day after the 3-0 win over Scotland on 11 November.

Rooney "unreservedly" apologised to interim England manager Gareth Southgate after pictures emerged.

The 31-year-old Manchester United striker has since branded reaction to his late-night conduct as "disgraceful" and vowed he is "not finished yet".

The FA, which is also looking into claims several players were out until late after the Scotland game, has now banned England players from having nights out while on international duty.

It is believed that Liverpool midfielder Henderson, who was captain for the 2-2 draw with Spain at Wembley, and Reds midfielder Lallana, did not break the FA code, which is only guidelines and not rules.


Still think the big mistake was Rooney apologising I guess his agent and PR team probably hoped an apology would kill the story they didn't realise there was still more to come out.


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 Post subject: Re: England ~ Wayne's World & Garth Southgate
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Klinsmann has left his job with USA

Been a long time favourite of the FA could he get the job ahead of Southgate?


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 Post subject: Re: England ~ Wayne's World & Garth Southgate
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On Monday, it was reported that the Football Association would allow Gareth Southgate to issue any sanctions against Wayne Rooney or other England players for various alleged misdemeanours. With it emerging that none of the players had broken FA rules or ignored orders, that seemed completely appropriate. You suspect Southgate will have a quiet word in various ears to remind players of their responsibilities, and that will (mercifully) be that.

Almost every newspaper plays a straight bat on the story. The Daily Mirror, Guardian and Daily Express mention Southgate on the back page only to discuss the impending announcement of his permanent appointment, while The Times cover the ‘Southgate decides’ story, but calmly. The Daily Mail don’t even discuss Southgate until the fifth page of their sports section.

But what of The Sun, who ran the exclusives about Rooney, Lallana et al.? Do you think they will let it go? No.

‘BOTTLE JOBS’ screams their back-page headline, followed up neatly with ‘THREE LIONS SHAMBLES’.

‘FA chiefs have bottled it, leaving Gareth Southgate to punish Wayne Rooney and strip-club revellers Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana,’ begins a story by Carl Long, bizarrely credited to Ian Tuckey by the time it hits the the website.

‘Greg Clarke and Martin Glenn could have imposed sanctions from the code [of conduct]. Instead they have shown themselves to be worthless by passing the buck to the new manager.’

Or, the players didn’t break any rules and therefore there are no FA sanctions to hand out. Have a go at Glenn and Clarke for plenty of things, but calling them ‘worthless’ for allowing Southgate to smooth over the issue feels like nothing more than faux-outrage.


The Sun has got a real bee in their bonnet about footballers at the moment especially ones who are either from Liverpool (Rooney), play for Liverpool (Lallana or Henderson) or played for Liverpool (Sterling) it's almost like there's a campaign in Liverpool against the newspaper.

As long as players reported back to the hotel by 11am and made training at 2pm the following day what grounds would they have to punish the players? Fine them their match fee that they already donate to charity? It would appear the punishment has already been handed out any future nights off during international breaks have been cancelled and the conspiracy theorists would say Rooney was sent home with a "knee injury" as a result of this.


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 Post subject: Re: England ~ Wayne's World & Garth Southgate
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He's got the job on a 4 year contract not sure why he's got a 4 year contract surely it only required a deal to take him up to the World Cup if he fails it'll just end with another massive pay off.

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England manager Gareth Southgate could strip the national team's captaincy from Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, 31, and give it to Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, 26. (Daily Express)


It probably needs to happen as he's not assured of his spot in the team but if he plans on keeping him in the squad then I don't see the point in making a big deal about it just say Rooney is the captain & Henderson is vice captain there will be games where Rooney doesn't start and if that happens Henderson will take over the role of captain.


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New England manager Gareth Southgate does not believe he needs to "lay down the law" to his players after recent off-field incidents.

England captain Wayne Rooney apologised over "inappropriate" pictures of him at a wedding at the team hotel a day after the win over Scotland on 11 November.

There were also claims several players were out until late the same night.

Southgate said he was "not disappointed" but it was "how you learn from those moments that is important".

He told his first news conference since his permanent appointment on Wednesday: "Being an England player comes with additional responsibility but I don't think laying down the law is necessary with this group of players.

"There have to be guidelines but players have to take leadership in that."

Southgate has signed a four-year deal as England manager after stepping up from managing the Under-21s, initially on an interim basis.

He took over when Sam Allardyce's reign came to an abrupt end in September over newspaper allegations of inappropriate conduct, and oversaw two wins and two draws in four games in charge.

The FA banned England players from having nights out on international duty following events last month when England played Scotland in a World Cup qualifier and Spain in a friendly four days later.

"You have to have an environment where you give people responsibility and you sometimes step back and learn a lot from those moments," added Southgate.

"Everything has to be geared towards being successful. If we think we're good enough to play the best teams in the world and give ourselves a slight handicap along the way then good luck with that.

"We have to make sure every opportunity to recover and perform at our very best is taken."

Southgate's first competitive match in charge as permanent manager will be a friendly against Germany in Dortmund on 22 March.

Is Rooney still the England captain?

Rooney, 31, was captain for Southgate's first game in interim charge as England beat Malta, but was dropped to face Slovenia before returning to the starting line-up to face Scotland and missing the Spain game with an injury.

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson replaced the Manchester United captain for the two games he missed and Southgate is keen to "develop more leaders in that group".

"It's obviously not a case that Wayne expects to play every game," said Southgate.

"When I played for England, particularly in 1996 when we had such a successful team, there were captains of their clubs throughout the team.

"If we are going to be successful over the next few years developing leadership and resilience is one of the key areas."

Is there a break clause in Southgate's contract?

England went out of the group stage at the 2010 World Cup and were embarrassingly beaten by Iceland in their first knockout game at Euro 2016, resulting in the departure of Roy Hodgson.

Southgate's contract covers the 2018 World Cup in Russia and Euro 2020 and he confirmed "there is no break clause".

"I want to be successful in this role and I'm taking over at a point where our last two tournaments have not been as successful as we would have liked," he said.

"There is big potential in the squad but there is a lot of hard work ahead.

"It's important to look at not just short-term results."

Is there a place for ex-players in the coaching set-up?

Southgate, during his spell in charge of the U21s, had Chelsea assistant first-team coach Steve Holland as part of his backroom team.

Holland also combined his Chelsea job with being England first-team coach when Southgate was interim boss of the senior side.

"I think everyone knows how important Steve has been for me in terms of the work we've done in the last few years and in the last few weeks, there's no secret in that," said Southgate.

Asked whether former England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who has recently retired, could join the staff, Southgate said the "doors at St George's Park are always open".


Think he batted the Rooney stuff away pretty well the captain thing is massively over stated by the media it's a team game if England are going to do anything at a tournament the whole team needs to play well not just 1 or 2 players teams win players not individuals but in this country we seem obsessed with individuals rather than a team. Greece, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy have been the recent tournament winners and those wins weren't down to 1 or 2 players it was a whole team effort even Ronaldo with Portugal wasn't the stand out player who carried the team through the tournament it was a real team effort.

As for the ex players becoming involved they sort of did that with Neville under Hodgson I'm not sure how well it works and Gerrard maybe is a bit to fresh but players who've been retired a bit longer who've done the badges might have more to offer. The main issue with the previous generation though is that all they know is failure it's not like we're ignoring a generation of tournament winners most of these guys went to tournaments and didn't live up to their reputations.

I think for the time being they'd be better off working with the younger age groups while they do their badges rather than jumping straight in at the deep end.


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Sammy Lee has left his position as England assistant manager.

The 57-year-old was appointed as Sam Allardyce's assistant in July and kept the role following the manager's sacking and during Gareth Southgate's subsequent time as interim boss.

Southgate was given a four-year deal by the Football Association last Wednesday and decided against keeping Lee.

"I felt it was important for me to bring in my own support team and Sammy fully respected that," Southgate said.

Former Liverpool midfielder and coach Lee had a short spell with the England set-up under Sven-Goran Eriksson and then joined Bolton in 2005, briefly managing the Trotters in 2007 before returning to the Reds as assistant manager to Rafael Benitez.

Lee returned to Bolton in 2012 where he was head of academy coaching and development, before joining the Southampton coaching staff in 2014.

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Sammy Lee's departure from the England coaching staff was inevitable once Gareth Southgate was confirmed as full-time manager.

Lee was very much part of the package that came with Sam Allardyce's appointment, despite the fact he was by Southgate's side for his four games in interim charge, and his future was always in doubt once the manager he worked with at Bolton Wanderers left the job after only 67 days.

He is very much an FA loyalist having had a short spell on the backroom staff with Sven-Goran Eriksson but Southgate has formed a close bond with Chelsea coach Steve Holland, who worked with him for England Under-21s and during his temporary tenure.

The likelihood is that Holland will continue to serve England on a part-time basis while maintaining his role with Chelsea before moving to join up with Southgate permanently in the international set-up at the end of the season.


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Barkley definitely deserves to be back in the England set up. Highly doubt he'll get in the starting 11 ahead of Alli though.
Wrong thread for this sort of question but do you see a possibility of them playing together?


It all depends on the system Southgate goes for I don't think they can as they are very similar players both currently are at their best playing just off the main striker and neither of them really look that good out wide. Surely you pick one and have the other on the bench if Alli isn't doing it you replace him with Barkley and vica versa they compete for the 1 spot in the team like goal keepers, CF or full backs.

England probably need to stick with the 4-2-3-1 system with everyone fit but the issue with that is you can't really play Lallana in that system unless he goes wide and when played wide he isn't as good as he is when he plays in a 4-3-3 for Liverpool.

You also have Welbeck coming back imo he's the only player we have who can play on the left of the 4-2-3-1 or in a front 3 but if you play 4-3-3 where do you put Alli/Barkley?

Lallana Henderson Alli

Sterling Kane Welbeck

I mean that on paper looks a pretty strong midfield/attack but with our p*ss poor CB's can you really just put 1 man protecting them? This probably works vs most teams we will play but in the bigger games it probably needs another more defensive player to protect our CBs.

The main thing for England coming up is what does he do with the strikers now. Rooney, Vardy, Sturridge are all out of form & Rashford has hardly played up front all season.


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Barkley has worked well alongside Mirallas, Lookman or Davies in a 2 behind the front man.
So you could try both Barkley and Alli behind Kane? That would give you the option of playing a more defensive 3 man midfield in front of the defense. Or at least 2 defensive plus Lallana.
It would mean taking Sterling and Welbeck out of the equation though. Not that Welbeck deserves an automatic spot at the moment.


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Barkley has worked well alongside Mirallas, Lookman or Davies in a 2 behind the front man.
So you could try both Barkley and Alli behind Kane? That would give you the option of playing a more defensive 3 man midfield in front of the defense. Or at least 2 defensive plus Lallana.
It would mean taking Sterling and Welbeck out of the equation though. Not that Welbeck deserves an automatic spot at the moment.


I sort of think with the national team they need to try and mirror the playing style of the team that contributes the most players which currently is probably Spurs. Walker/Rose have nailed down the full back positions you potentially have Dier/Henderson as the midfield plus Kane/Alli as the attack so you sort of try to fit other pieces in around that. Italy kind of mirror Juventus, Spain mirror Barca & Germany mirror Bayern you try to take the best club side in your domestic league and build around that problem for England is we only have 1 English player in the current best side which is Cahill and he's probably the weakest link in their first XI :laugh:

Assuming we stick to the 4-2-3-1 I think it's hard to get Alli/Barkley in the team at the same time but having options off the bench is surely a good thing I actually quite like our options going forward it's centre back where we've got problems. I think it's a good thing that they compete or the one spot as it keeps them on their toes stops them getting to comfortable if you know there's a guy on the bench waiting to take your spot.

Stones is a problem for England because he's so good on the ball that he gives it to players in risky positions thinking they can handle it Hart, Cahill, Dier & Henderson don't necessarily want the ball under pressure in the way that Cabellero and the outfield players at City do and it creates panic for England would he be better playing as a midfielder.

Cahill is pretty reliable but we know he's not top level quality and we've seen that at a number of tournaments now. Jones/Smalling are both injury prone but they are also likely to make costly mistakes you wouldn't trust those to alone with a box of matches you'd come home to fire trucks and a smouldering building.


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I get where you're coming from competition for places is great and I think its healthy we have two very good attacking midfielders to choose from. I would be very tempted to try them together at least in one of the friendlies though.
Agree the centre back positions don't look great. None of the young defenders that have come through have really pushed on to the next level. Think pretty much the rest of the team picks itself bar the centre midfield spots. I have differing opinions on who I would play there to most really. Never particularly rated Henderson, Wilshere, Dier etc.


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I get where you're coming from competition for places is great and I think its healthy we have two very good attacking midfielders to choose from. I would be very tempted to try them together at least in one of the friendlies though.
Agree the centre back positions don't look great. None of the young defenders that have come through have really pushed on to the next level. Think pretty much the rest of the team picks itself bar the centre midfield spots. I have differing opinions on who I would play there to most really. Never particularly rated Henderson, Wilshere, Dier etc.


Michael Keane looks like the one who might be breaking through as a potential partner for Stones he made the last squad but didn't play but Southgate worked with Gibson & Chambers at U21 level so could they get a chance. I just feel with Cahill, Smalling & Jones there is enough evidence to suggest that they're not good enough so why bother persisting with them all I can understand keeping Cahill but I think they'd be better off using some of the younger players to fill out squads now.

I think Henderson so far has been way more impressive for club than for country, Wilshere I like but he's to injury prone to build anything around and Dier/Drinkwater had 1 good season at club level but it's another position where we're not blessed with options. Shelvey is now in the Championship, Barry/Carrick/Milner have all retired from internationals you get calls for Noble to be given a chance but is he actually any good? Ward-Prowse is doing ok at Southampton but he's more of an attacking player than a proper CM. I think in an ideal world you'd have Henderson/Wilshere as your midfield 2 but you can't really build anything that includes Wilshere as you never know when he'll be available until he proves he can handle the game at the top level is it even worth calling him up to the squad.

Big question going into the next squad will be does he pick Rooney?

We had the media storm around his boozing last time around and he's hardly gettin a game at Utd these days. I reckon he will get picked as one of the strikers but he shouldn't be starting any of the game.


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Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, 34, has been recalled to the England squad.

The 34-year-old has 55 England caps and made his last international appearance in November 2013 in a friendly against Chile.

Southampton duo Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse could be set to make their first England appearances.

England face Germany away in a friendly on 22 March before a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on 26 March.

West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore, who made his sole international appearance against Italy in 2012, is also recalled.

England squad in full:

Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Torino, on loan from Man City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Michael Keane (Burnley), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Michail Antonio (West Ham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Man Utd), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Raheem Sterling (Man City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Jamie Vardy (Leicester).


Can't say I've watched Livermore closely but always felt he's a tidy enough player and we're hardly blessed with options.

In terms of absences Rose, Henderson, Rooney & Kane are all injured but as far as I'm aware Sturridge is fit and just not selected but could be wrong probably haven't got much choice but go back to Defoe as Carroll is also injured but surprised Welbeck isn't in assume he's injured again.

Unless Shaw is getting 90 minutes in one of these games I think he'd have been better off with the U21's to get some playing time under his belt


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Wayne Rooney’s international career appears to be drawing to its close after it emerged he had been left out of England’s latest squad despite declaring himself fit and he is no longer seen by Gareth Southgate as the team captain.

Rooney has been omitted from England’s 26-man party for the friendly in Germany on Wednesday, followed by the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania four days later, despite telling Southgate that he is available to play for Manchester United at Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Southgate admitted that Rooney was unhappy about the decision but praised England’s record scorer for the “very mature” way he took the news. Rooney has, in turn, been invited to a squad meeting at St George’s Park on Monday when Southgate, speaking in a way that has become rare for England managers, intends to deliver some “brutal” truths about the diminished state of English football.

He clearly does not intend to sugarcoat his words judging by a long diatribe at his squad announcement in which he described himself as embarrassed by England’s failures – “We’ve won three knockout games in 27 years and the last one was in 2006” – and the man who dropped Rooney in his second game as caretaker manager made it clear the 31-year-old now faces a challenge to get into the squad, never mind the team.

“We have to look at Wayne as a No10, which is his predominant role,” Southgate said. “In the last two games we’ve played Dele Alli there and we’ve played Adam Lallana there. Both are playing very well, scoring and assisting for their clubs. Ross Barkley has been playing very well for his club. So there’s competition. I can’t dress it up any other way. There are some very good players and it’s a battle to get in this squad.”

Rooney, he said, had been disappointed but understood the reasons. “I don’t think he expects, if he is not playing every week for his club, to be picked in this sort of situation.”

That leaves the question of whether he is still the England captain and Southgate’s verdict is that the role does not exist unless the relevant person is in the team. “We have this thing about ‘an England captain’ but really the captain is the person who is captain in the next game, isn’t it? Or the game on the next day. I always just assume you pick a team for a game and the captain of that game is the captain.”

Rooney’s two and a half years with the captaincy, starting after Steven Gerrard’s international retirement at the end of the 2014 World Cup, appear to be over therefore, unless he can re-establish himself in the team at a time when Southgate believes English football needs a dramatic wake-up call.

His verdict on the state of the national team was as damning as that delivered by any manager in recent memory and was particularly striking bearing in mind these will be his first games since turning his caretaker spell into a full-time role. “There’s a harsh lens needed on some of the things we are doing,” Southgate said.

“We need to look at who the top teams are and how we get to their level. I was in a team that made a semi-final [at Euro 96] and that has happened once since 1990. It’s my job to analyse what hasn’t been right and then show the lads a pathway. They will then decide whether they want to come on it or not. I think we need to be pretty brutal about the way we look at it.”

That will start on Monday, when Southgate has no intention of dressing up how he feels about England’s deterioration and plans to tell his players he has grown weary of empty promises. “One of the things I want to talk about is the fact we always talk about what we’d like to achieve but don’t actually look at the reality of where we are. Whatever we think we are as a nation, we’ve not been delivering. We seem to have won medals in almost every other sport. Ours is the missing piece.

“That drives me on as much as anything: the need to start recognising where we really are and how we bridge the gap. Sometimes we get wrapped up in the profile of our league, yet eight to 10 years ago we were always involved in Champions League semi-finals and finals. That just isn’t the case any more.

“I remember going to the World Cup in Brazil, scouting for the FA, and watching all the montages before games to show the highlights of previous tournaments and it suddenly struck me: ‘We’re not on any, none of our players are on them.’ We think we’re whatever, but I’m looking at the screen and there’s all the Brazilians, the Spaniards, the French, and we’re not there. And I’m almost sinking into my seat because you walk in there thinking you’re part of England, massively proud, but actually on the world stage, we’re not there at the moment. And I think part of trying to affect that is to start saying: ‘Listen, these are the realities.’”

Southgate has recalled Jermain Defoe and called up the Southampton pair James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond as well as two other uncapped players, Michael Keane of Burnley and West Ham United’s Michail Antonio.

Jake Livermore, of West Bromwich Albion, is involved for the first time in almost five years and Southgate has decided to keep faith with Luke Shaw at a time when he is barely figuring for Manchester United. Shaw’s call-up goes against Southgate’s idea to leave out players who are being omitted by their clubs but Danny Rose, England’s first-choice left-back, is one of several absentees through injury and the manager made a personal call to Shaw to discuss the way he has been marginalised at Old Trafford. The call-up, Southgate said, would “hopefully boost how he feels about himself”.


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England’s ambition to become the best in the world was laid out in a powerful presentation by Gareth Southgate but Wayne Rooney was not there to hear it.

Before his first match in the permanent role against Germany on Wednesday, the manager had a meeting with his players outlining his vision.

Rooney remained in Manchester to have treatment on an injury sustained in a collision with Phil Jones and missed a meeting James Ward-Prowse said underlined England’s lofty ambitions.

“It was a very powerful message,” the Southampton midfielder said. “It is one that the under-21s have received before, sort of highlighted about the highs and lows of a career and the ambitions that he sees for us. And you know, we want to establish ourselves as a top team in the world. So it is all about plugging away at those goals and making sure what we do now stands us in good stead for when we reach major tournaments.”

Asked what the goal is, Ward-Prowse added: “I think obviously we want to be the best in the world. If you want to win major tournaments, then you’ve got to become that sort of team.

“In every department – the medical side of it, technical and tactical, the operations and the way we things work – we all want to be the best and make sure we give ourselves a chance to succeed.”

It was a bold statement the confident and eloquent Ward-Prowse has made before, saying in 2013 the current crop can “reach the stars” after the former Football Association chairman Greg Dyke spoke about winning the 2022 World Cup. The midfielder was part of Southgate’s under-21 squad at that point, so, too, was fellow England newcomer and Saints team-mate Nathan Redmond.

“It was the similar meeting to what he had with the 21s,” Redmond said. “Him telling us about himself, the highs and lows in his career. It brings him closer to the squad and that’s exactly what it did for the 21s.”

The meeting made an impression on the 34-year-old striker Jermain Defoe, who is in line to make a first England appearance since November 2013.

“I was really impressed,” the Sunderland striker said. “Just his background and what he’s done in his career and at major tournaments. The ups and downs, dealing with disappointments. He spoke about missing the penalty at the Euros and being a young captain at Crystal Palace, back in the day. Having all that pressure on young shoulders, he responded to that, having to deal with senior players. Because of his experience, he is, for me, the perfect man for the job.”

Defoe also hinted he may be forced to leave Sunderland if they are relegated. He wants to make Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in Russia – should England qualify – but conceded that would be in doubt if Sunderland went down.

“You have to be realistic; to get into any squad is based on merit and to do that you have to be playing at the top level,” said Defoe, who has scored 19 goals in 55 games for England. “When I went to Toronto in 2014 I missed out on the World Cup. When I got the call it was hard to accept but you had to be realistic and think the boys I was competing against were playing the Premier League and Europe and that’s why I missed out. So I would say you would need to be playing in the Premier League but we’ll see what happens.

“I know how important it is to play for England. Just going to a major tournament, travelling, getting to the hotels, playing the games – it’s something you’ve always wanted to do from being a kid, growing up watching the great players over the years.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced it. If I do get an opportunity to get to another major tournament it will be a dream.”


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Defoe scores on his return for England


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What's got up Shearer's nose about Defoe? Says it's an embarrassment to have picked a guy who's scored 5 less goals in the league than the top scoring Englishman? That's just good sense no? Italy aren't dumping Buffon because of his age, Brazil didn't dump Romario for similar. The guy sounds bitter as Nintendo Switch cartridges!

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