Euro 2024: Gareth Southgate ‘oblivious’ to England criticism

Euro 2024: Gareth Southgate ‘oblivious’ to England criticism

England manager Gareth Southgate says he has learned to block out criticism and that he and his players have been “brutally honest” about where they need to improve.

A number of his players were criticised for their performance in their 1-1 draw with Denmark at Euro 2024 on Thursday, with Southgate’s team selection and tactics also questioned.

The draw kept the Three Lions top of Group C and means they only need a point against Slovenia on Tuesday (20:00 BST) to guarantee a place in the last 16.

Asked about the criticism, Southgate said: “That’s the world we’re in. I’m oblivious to it, it’s not important to me at all.

“What’s important to me is I guide this group of players through the tournament. We’re a high profile team with expectations and we understand everything we do will be scrutinised. I’m very comfortable with that life.

“I don’t need to listen to externals because I am my own biggest critic and I think the players are as well.

“We know what we have done well, we have been very honest about that. We know where we need to be better, we have been brutally honest about that, and that’s how you coach a team and improve performance.”

England midfielder Declan Rice said Southgate has had “great internal discussions” with a group of senior players.

“Such a good thing that Gareth has with the group is that we are so open and honest,” said the 25-year-old.

“If something is not right on the pitch we will review it, go over it and be better for it.”

2024-06-24 19:34:58
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