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Gareth Southgate hits back at being scrutinised fans on social media

Gareth Southgate hits back at being scrutinised by fans on social media every time it comes to his team selections of late.

The Three Lions need a maximum of five points from three games to reach next year’s tournament after winning 5-0 in Andorra on Saturday.

Southgate made good use of his squad as a number of fringe players featured in the thrashing but a number of his first-choice side could now return be likely to return.

He said in his press conference: “We will definitely make changes, we’ve got a very strong squad, part of the reason we made the changes like we did the other night, there were some specific profile of players we thought would go on and win the game. But also we want the squad to feel involved and it’s important they know they are valued so that they can contribute, this wasn’t a friendly, it was World Cup qualification points resting on it and those games have gone wrong in the past and I was really pleased of the quality of the performance as well as the application. And we’re hitting a very consistent level of performance which is great to see.

The interviewer says: “For instance, Phil Foden, played so well, on Saturday night, how difficult would it be leaving him out?”

Southgate replied back: “Well I have a headache and I commit a crime everytime I pick a team, so it’s very difficult everytime you have to name a squad because there are so many good players, and such strong good competition for places, so yeah of course there are lots of players that did their own confidence and their own reputations a lot of good the other day and that’s pleasing to see.”

Meanwhile Conor Coady has reflectd on UEFA Euro 2020 and discussed what makes the England boss different to the other managers he has played under.

What are your overriding emotions when you look back on the summer?

Pride. It would be pride now that it has finished and we have had a couple of months to look back at what we did and say it was an incredible achievement.

We believed so much that we could go and win it, especially after the Denmark game and then before the Italy game with the excitement and the feeling of confidence which was running through us while we were training – honest to God, it was incredible.

I look back on it now with pride, especially because of what the country has been through over the last couple of years and what we were able to do as a team in terms of bringing a smile to people’s faces. That was the biggest winner about the whole thing.

We obviously wanted to go and win it and I think it will be a big thing which will live on in the players’ minds for the rest of their lives but I think a big winner from it was the smile on people’s faces and the pride.

What was the atmosphere like at Wembley for the players during those games, like the wins over Germany and Denmark?

That semi-final man. That semi-final. The Germany game was amazing and it will live with us forever. But the feeling after the Denmark game when we were all on the pitch, with our arms around each other singing Sweet Caroline, honestly mate, that will stay with me forever – that picture in my head of us all in front of our families. 

Obviously we hadn’t seen our families for five or six weeks and we could only see them from a distance when they were sat in the stands at games so that was the only time we saw them. So to win that semi-final and take our country to a first final since 1966, it is giving me goosebumps now.

To take our country through to the first final since ’66 and that feeling of being on the pitch in front of our families, in front of our fans, in front of our nation, it was something which will live with me forever honestly. It was amazing.

Conor Coady has become an integral part of the England squad

You have played under several managers, what makes Gareth Southgate different to the others?

How open he is. You can literally sit here and have a conversation with him and you will feel at home straight away. 

In terms of how he speaks to the players, his staff, everybody who works at St. George’s and Wembley Stadium and everybody he comes across, he is an incredible person in terms of how he speaks to people.

On the training pitch when Steve (Holland) or the gaffer are taking the sessions, the way they go about trying to improve you as a player, it is brilliant and the most important thing when we come here is the team and making sure we are improving as a team and you can really see that every single time you come.

I think how he sets up the environment when we come is a real credit to him and his staff. He is an incredible manager.

– Q&A ENDS –

As Gareth Southgate hits back at being scrutinised fans on social media, Twitter users gave their reaction. We also show what fans were tweeting to the Andorra starting lineup…

@dubyasfc: It must be a real headache trying to play with 4 right backs all the time

@mark_v1: Foden simply has to play

@Darryl_lal: Sorry but how has @SkySports and Southgate @England only realising Phil Foden could and should be playing in the middle rather than wide of the front 3. Against smaller nations it should be 1x holding CM with a choice of Foden / Mount /Grealish. That’s what let us down in the Final. I rated the Philips/Rice partnership, but we need a midfielder who can get on the ball and dictate tempo and play. Against the top teams with a better midfield, then yes can play Rice/Philips

@rianmbfc: How do you see that Foden performance and decided to start Mason Mount instead?

@GoonerDan1999: No Smith Rowe, Holding or Chambers and we all know why. The bias against us is unreal.

@now_arsenaI: Ramsdale should be starting 😡

@igyprince10: One day, someone will have to tell me how Coady and Stones get in the side before Tomori.
If anyone says otherwise, they have clearly not watched Tomori play last season or this. The guy is a beast! He will very soon become one of the best CB in Europe 💯 no doubt in my mind.

@LukeShawArmy: Thank God Shaw’s resting

@zeesh_cr: how did sancho sneak in there

@dando1201: Finally reached his level. The mighty Andorra

@StewartFlemin12: Decent line up that plenty of youth and pace hopefully a better result than at Wembley

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