Gareth Southgate proud to take England to their first men's final since 1966/#39

Gareth Southgate, England

He described the overwhelming sense of pride he felt for taking him to his first men's final since. as he promised to enjoy the wonderful opportunity before them.

England face Italy in Euro 2020 The final at Wembley on Sunday, beating Denmark 2-1 after extra time in Wednesday's semi-final – this win was largely due to street management and psychological freshness. your team.

Southgate routinely deflects questions that try to bring him to the center of the story, but when he clenched his fists after the Denmark game, he allowed himself to show his emotions and yelled at England fans behind one of the Wembley goals – as he did after the last goal – as Russia beat Colombia in a penalty shootout at the World Cup.
“It's an honor to be able to hear about it as it is at Southgate, Wembley, and to know how that will happen across the country,” he said. “We are a special country, historically an incredible country and I know I could not be more proud to be a Brit. I couldn't be more proud to have had the opportunity to lead my country, so it's a very special feeling to bring happiness at this very difficult time.

“I'm not ashamed to lose my head a little at that moment [after the match]. When you get off the pitch you know you're getting ready for the next game and everything about that, being able to experience that moment with the fans on the pitch is always the most special part for me.”

England presented the latest example of how they've progressed since the last World Cup, prioritizing possession, albeit in Denmark, when they closed the second overtime period. Due to injury to 10 men. Replacing offensive-focused backup Jack Grealish for guard Kieran Trippier and going from 4-2-3-1 to 3-4-3, Southgate saw his team lose 2-1 to Croatia at the World Cup. semi-finals, 1-0 ahead.

“The players have learned a lot in the last three or four years, we talked to them about it [running down the clock],” Southgate said. “We used to talk about it with the sub-15s – it was one of the biggest areas. we needed to improve – and we can still be better. But the actors worked on it and they did it really well. We have technicians who can do that.”



In past tournament failures, the physical strain of tough Premier League seasons was used as an excuse, but England was full of running to Denmark from start to finish. Southgate got to the point that he and his team "don't overtrain and keep that freshness because we can't physically develop the players." But they've worked hard to keep them mentally stimulated, for example, with all sorts of downtime distractions, from the golf simulator at St George's Park headquarters to the swimming pool with inflatable unicorns.

“We felt that the environment we wanted to create had to be one that refreshed the players, allowed them to enjoy their free time and gave them some freedom,” said Southgate. “You can talk about fatigue, you can talk about the season, but getting the right physical education and getting the psychological fitness right is the key to creating the needed energy.”

Italy beat Spain on penalties in the Wembley semi-final on Tuesday, meaning they took an extra 16 hours to prepare. "It's definitely a bit of a disadvantage, but we have to find the best way to deal with it," Southgate said. Said. “Italy's record is outstanding – 10 finals. We have a big task ahead of us, but we will undertake it with pleasure.

“What Robero [Mancini] has done and the way Italy has played in the last few years… The wins speak for itself in terms of the few goals conceded. His style of play was phenomenal.

“Running to the semi-finals in Russia was probably ahead of what we expected. Now it's hard to say how to reach a final. That was definitely our aim. With so many problems to deal with in the beginning, you can never be quite sure how things will unfold. But we are there and now we have a great opportunity.”

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