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Exclusive: Gareth Southgate ‘loathed’ to include England players not involved in Under-21 qualifying campaign

first_img1 Raheem Sterling England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate has revealed he is ‘loathe’ to take anyone to the European Championship in Prague this summer who wasn’t involved in the qualifying campaign.England have a number of players, such as Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere, who are eligible for selection but are more recognised senior internationals and haven’t been involved with Southgate’s setup.Southgate’s young lions remained unbeaten in their qualifying group and beat Germany last night, and the England Under-21s boss would be reluctant to include players who didn’t have a regular connection with the squad.“With the group mentality and dynamic and the way they work together, I’d be loathed to take people who hadn’t had an attachment to the team in the summer,” said Southgate.“There is great character in the team and also great quality and we displayed both of those things to go on and win the game [against Germany last night].”Southgate also reiterated the necessity for clubs and countries to share the load with developing young players, rather than tussling over selection rights.The 44-year-old cited the German case study as a model for England’s development, with many of the opposition players involved on Monday night, like Liverpool’s Emre Can, competing at Champions League level this season.“It can’t just be the national teams that develop the players – some of their [Germany’s] players have played Champions League football this year. Our players need that at club level,” said Southgate.“It just shows, whether it’s club or international, players need opportunities to show what they can do. We need that depth – it’s a squad thing.”Southgate also praised the work of his staff for ensuring the relationship with clubs over player fitness has remained harmonious throughout his tenure.“We haven’t had one muscular injury in training in two years. We do look after the players but we also want to expose our players to the very best situations and tournaments,” said Southgate.last_img

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