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I am not certain of the value of one meeting, arranging to get everybody's diaries to coordinate, and to cover what? It is really difficult and if we are going to bring everybody together there has to be a real purpose and benefit to doing it.feedback
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Nov 15 2017
Gareth Southgate has been quoted 321 times in 144 different articles. On this page, you will find all of Gareth Southgate’s quotes organized by date and topic. Alongside each quote is a link back to the article where the quote was reported, so you can go back to the source for more context if you need it. Topics that Gareth Southgate speaks about are England and player, for example. Most recently, Gareth Southgate was quoted in the article Gareth Southgate sees fearlessness and fitness as key to England’s ambitions | Football | The Guardian saying, “I'd rather go on the road and see people individually, sit with them, go through how their game is going, ask what they think and maybe get small groups together at the clubs where we have four or five players. We will be visiting them at their clubs. We've got the time to do that, Steve and myself. We can travel. I think it is more beneficial and rewarding that way.”.
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Nov 13 2017

We know we need to be better with the ball than we were tonight – I thought we were a bit anxious with it – but even then when you dig in, you get half chances at the end that could win you the game. It's a base to work from.feedback

Nov 13 2017

Tonight we showed resilience, guts and some really outstanding defending against a top, top team. I'm incredibly proud of what the team has done.feedback

Nov 13 2017

In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, [that performance] is up there with anything I've been involved in.feedback

Nov 13 2017

The first afternoon I saw Lewis just sat having lunch with Joe Hart and Gary Cahill. It's a very easy squad to settle into. The senior players are very open, very welcoming. Most of the squad are young anyway and know each other from younger age groups. And so those guys have fitted in off the field no problem, which helps them fit in on the field. And they're good players. In training, they look fine.feedback

Nov 13 2017

I have a list and if I had to pick the squad tomorrow I know who it would be, but that can change in six months because of form and players emerging. I'm open minded. We watch the players very closely with their clubs and have succession plans to who is second, third and fourth choice. That's constantly updated.feedback

Nov 13 2017

The message is we have a lot of young players to pick from. It's slightly different this time in we didn't see much value in bringing a couple of senior players in but there's clearly a pathway.feedback

Nov 13 2017

There is an element of form that plays a part because you want them going into games at their very best.feedback

Nov 12 2017

We'd love to have a team full of players who have won the Champions League but we haven't got that. But I want players who will be fearless, prepared to have the ball and show what they are capable of on the biggest stage.feedback

Nov 12 2017

Someone said to me, [the emergence of young talent] is causing you selection headaches. No, because you want competition for places. The best way to get the maximum out of a player is competition for your place and no opportunity to take [your foot] off the gas in training or in any of the matches. And then you have to perform. You support people in difficult moments but, equally, when you have got that competition it drives the level of training. The energy in training has been high.feedback

Nov 12 2017

We could take the short-term view regarding who might be more experienced going into a tournament and have more big-match experience, or we think outside the box and have a look at a few players we want to find out more about and see how they cope. There's something bigger I'm working for than just getting results in the short-term and my own personal ambitions. If you're a coach your mindset has to be to help people improve and maximise what's possible. It is the right decision for England.feedback

Nov 12 2017

The more you beat those top teams then, of course, you take that confidence with you, but I have to balance our desire to win games with some experimentation that does mean you do risk results. We could set up to play a certain way to give ourselves a better chance of winning any individual game, with more experienced players.feedback

Nov 12 2017

Yes, that's what you want to get to as a team, that the competition for places is so intense. [Philippe] Coutinho hasn't played for a few weeks for Liverpool but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking: 'If I'm not there and I'm not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?' Maybe we haven't had that but I think, moving forward, we will have, and I think that will affect people's approach definitely.feedback

Nov 12 2017

When it comes to the World Cup, I will go with what I think is the best squad. At the moment, I believe the best would include a lot those young players. It's easy to be swayed at times by needing experience, but you can have 100 experiences of the same thing or 10 different experiences that make you a more rounded person. These young players have also had experience of winning youth tournaments, playing high-level matches, and challenges to get to where they are in their path. So they've had to show some resilience of their own.feedback

Nov 12 2017

Going out and playing this season has helped him. I watched him early season and I saw flashes. I think he can affect big matches.feedback

Nov 12 2017

I've known Ruben a long time – I think the first time I saw him was an Under-16 international – I think Dele Alli played that night in his first game too. And when you see his physical size, you think you'll also see a certain type of player. Then I saw what you all saw against Germany – one that is so technically gifted.feedback

Nov 12 2017

He's also been able to battle through difficult spells at Chelsea where he's been training with senior players who have recognised his talent and so they get to him in training.feedback

Nov 12 2017

He can add more quality in the final third. He can probably go and score more goals given his attributes.feedback

Nov 12 2017

And he's an unassuming, quiet, polite kid – I hope he takes huge belief and confidence from that because he's shown what he is capable of.feedback

Nov 12 2017

But I was pleased to see the effect he had. He's at his best receiving the ball behind the opposition midfield, driving towards goal and sliding passes into people. He can take the ball under pressure too which is a great skill to have.feedback

Nov 11 2017

It's something that we are considering – how we prepare best for penalty shootouts. Whether that's something on the training ground, whether that's in sessions we do away from the training ground, or something we do in some sort of match scenario. We've not finalised that yet but clearly that [match situation] is an option.feedback

Nov 11 2017

I thought there were a few shaky moments in the first half. Mainly due to Phil carrying something. He seems fine, we've checked him out. It's something he's been carrying but he doesn't seem to be any worse so that's fine. We'll see whether Phil stays with us.feedback

Nov 10 2017

For me it is all about the bigger picture and what is right for England. I haven't enjoyed watching us play in all our games but away in Germany, against Spain and Germany at home I've enjoyed the performance.feedback

Nov 10 2017

Whether it is me that benefits from that or the next manager, the reason I was given the job was that I have an understanding of what is coming through. We've looked at what Germany have done over a period of time and want to establish a pathway for our young players. If we do that, the technical type of player that is coming through our system now and the athletic profile we have got could be really exciting.feedback

Nov 10 2017

I would love to have had improvements on my nose. I probably needed them more than Sasa, but in mid-season?feedback

Nov 10 2017

The Germany game will have taken a lot out of all of them, and Tuesday will be a much harder test because of the effort we put in. Very often you can go into one game and do really well and then you have to find that level of performance so quickly again. We'll have to think about the team we pick and who is ready, but whatever happens these two games will be a brilliant experience for us.feedback

Nov 10 2017

Our job is to analyse why other countries' teams are being successful and what does our system look like. I have to say huge credit to the clubs for developing the sort of players they are developing, but we would be foolish not to see the signs of Spain and Germany being successful following on from success at youth level and sticking with some continuity with the way they play and the people involved.feedback

Nov 10 2017

It's not going to all happen before the World Cup, and some of them might not be ready for next summer, but there are exciting young English players coming through which is encouraging.feedback

Nov 10 2017

I've got to assess who are the players that I think could play at the highest level. They might not be 100% ready now, but who do we want to invest our time in? Ruben [Loftus‑Cheek], [Joe] Gomez, when he came on, and Jordan Pickford have shown some really good qualities. [Harry] Winks is the same. We had to get the balance through qualification. We had to qualify and then we could start to look at some of these guys and see what was possible.feedback

Nov 10 2017

I have huge respect for Chris. He's a player who's obviously playing at a big club. We want to play a certain way. The players we've brought in we want to see using the ball from the back and building up in a certain way. That's a style I want to have a look at. There are some young players for whom this is a good opportunity.feedback

Nov 09 2017

If I had been Chris, I would have gone: 'That's a bit unfair.feedback

Nov 09 2017

I don't think we should rule anything out with young players. The rate at which they can improve is huge. As with all the young ones it's a case of assessing when is the right time to blood them and bring them in.feedback

Nov 09 2017

But I want to be clear – I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him.feedback

Nov 09 2017

I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. You'd have to ask Arsene why that was.feedback

Nov 09 2017

Jack played as a number 10 all of last season on loan at Bournemouth. That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele [Alli] and [Adam] Lallana, but we are not playing with a 10 tomorrow.feedback

Nov 09 2017

I was asked about it immediately after the game in Dortmund and, to be honest, wasn't aware at the time what had been said, so it was hearsay. I wasn't as strong as I would have liked to have been. It's unacceptable. Completely unacceptable. We have a huge percentage of fans who follow us brilliantly. We experienced that in Lithuania [in October] when we went over to the supporters at the end of the game.feedback

Nov 09 2017

Harry Kane … I knew he was in trouble because he stayed down. Harry Kane doesn't stay down, so I knew we had a potential problem. Both he and Harry Winks were scanned. Our medical department reviewed those scans, and no way would they have been available for our games. Spurs might risk them against Arsenal … I'm hearing club versus country, but that's nonsense. The players are injured and cannot play. With some of the players it's 100% clear from a scan.feedback

Nov 09 2017

I know Jürgen Klopp [the Liverpool manager] was unhappy I played Jordan twice [last month], but there was no risk in that. I've never taken a risk with a player. Same with Jamie Vardy last month [the Leicester forward dropped out of the squad, but played for his club immediately after the international break]: I speak to the player, sense what they need, and that's how I work.feedback

Nov 09 2017

With some others they've been playing with problems, and I discuss with them how much risk we take. I don't just wheel players out until they break. It's their livelihood, their careers. If it was a critical game, a cup final, maybe we have a conversation. But as a manager you have a duty of care.feedback

Nov 08 2017

I've always said to him people will talk to you about just kicking the ball out.feedback

Nov 08 2017

If we don't try things now, when will we? And it's not just about Russia [next summer's World Cup], it's beyond that. Germany took a young team to the Confederations Cup. They are brave enough to take decisions which might get them results or might not. They are constantly evolving and that's what we have to do.feedback

Nov 08 2017

The reality is that it is not something that is going to happen in the next couple of years.feedback

Nov 08 2017

He's always been the biggest kid in the playground but he's not a player who has survived on physical strength. He's a different sort of player, at his best in behind the opposition midfield, driving at defences – great technical quality, dribbling ability, power. He's a really exciting player. He's quite a quiet lad so I'm hoping he gets a lift in confidence from how we see him.feedback

Nov 03 2017

We were really happy [about Gomez and Moreno] but then heard at the same moment that Daniel Sturridge and Oxlade-Chamberlain are not in.feedback

Nov 02 2017

There is no question about his ability, his football brain or personality, we just need to see him playing before he comes back in because unfortunately there has been a history of injuries.feedback

Nov 02 2017

I'll be having discussions with Arsene about him, we think he is a top player so for him it's about game time.feedback

Nov 02 2017

We want to play in a certain way and the players I have brought in I want to see using the ball from the back and building it up in a certain way.feedback

Nov 02 2017

Young's performances warrant a recall. We want to play with wing-backs – I think it's a role he can perform, left or right, very well. He's played very well for Manchester United.feedback

Nov 02 2017

Generally speaking we want to look at younger players, and develop the team, but I've always said if a more senior player is playing well and warrants the call-up, we should include them. He's a player every Manchester United manager has picked, and that tells me something about his mentality and the trust they have in him.feedback

Oct 09 2017

I think Vardy is an important player for us as well, and will score goals, and give us a different threat with his pace.feedback

Oct 09 2017

We felt the qualifying games, 4-2-3-1 we felt we wanted wide players who were able to exploit the width, and try to break down the packed defences but we recognised along this journey what we are capable of in certain areas of the pitch. So it helps to switch between two systems but, for me, that would both be with three at the back.feedback

Oct 09 2017

For me, in terms of the way we'd want to play from the back, I think it (a three-man defence) is a better option. At the moment we turn the ball over too much and when we do we split into two centre-backs wide open – we are still open (against Lithuania) with three. So we will benefit if we don't keep turning the ball over!feedback

Oct 09 2017

But I think it gives us good stability and it gives us easier solutions for our midfield players as well. Then what we play in front of it is a possibility to switch, maybe get two strikers in for certain games, or play like we did (with two wide behind Kane)… Three in midfield and two forwards also becomes an option. But I think three at the back is what we ought to do.feedback

Oct 09 2017

But that is why it was even more important to play Alli, Rashford and Kane in Vilnius because you don't know if you are going to get them together to play in that next period. We have to focus on a system and really try to hone it, work on it, improve it. That might mean we might have to leave some good players out. But we have to start to make those decisions over the next couple of camps.feedback

Oct 09 2017

We have some young players who are able to use the ball. We have to invest our time in those guys and allow them the opportunity to improve. I didn't get into the team in 1996 until I was 25. All three of those centre-backs are even younger than that but I saw positive signs. It is important we invest our time in people we think can get to the level needed.feedback

Oct 09 2017

I'm very clear when we sat down in the summer, Steve Holland and myself, we did a very strong assessment of the squad and we knew we wanted to look at three at the back in November. There were certain personnel we wanted to put into that, and we were able to start that process in Lithuania rather than next month.feedback

Oct 08 2017

They had a packed defence, we were a fraction off. Running at people on that surface doesn't work, we needed one-twos and quick passes.feedback

Oct 08 2017

It's a completely different challenge against Brazil and Germany [in friendlies] next month.feedback

Oct 08 2017

I think it's important that he is scoring and leading from the front. We need that leadership and he has certainly impressed me with everything he has done. Put today into context; we made seven changes. That inevitably means that you will be disjointed at times. We haven't scored the number of goals we would have liked to but we gave three full debuts and wanted to try something. A bit more quality in the final third is what was missing.feedback

Oct 08 2017 - Champions League

Well, are they big players until they win? We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League.feedback

Oct 08 2017

I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players.feedback

Oct 08 2017

When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove.feedback

Oct 08 2017

We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it.feedback

Oct 08 2017

Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are.feedback

Oct 08 2017

If he can add consistency into his touch and creativity of pass into that, he'll be a better player than he already is.feedback

Oct 08 2017

The whole team needs to be more streetwise. By streetwise I mean managing periods of pressure in games, and how we deal with that. Understanding the right thing to do at the right time. That applies to us, definitely.feedback

Oct 08 2017

It's a fantastic record. His finishing quality is top, as good as anyone I've played with or worked with. I'm never in doubt that if he has a good opportunity, it'll be on target and there's a fair chance he scores. We're fortunate to have him.feedback

Oct 07 2017

So players and their particular skill-sets, and areas where they are effective, are not always what's commonly perceived. Dele's biggest strengths are arriving in the box, timing his runs, finishing and scoring goals.feedback

Oct 07 2017

It's one of the areas we have to be better at if we're ahead in games, or if one team is down to 10. You manage moments in games, and that's the key. A key area we'll focus on more going towards the summer.feedback

Oct 07 2017

So, perceptions of players and their actual particular skill sets and areas where they are effective is not what's commonly perceived. I go to games and I look at one person and how he plays, so you see the different attributes.feedback

Oct 07 2017

He understands his responsibilities, that the spotlight is on him even more now that his career is progressing. They'll be more interest in what he does. It's easy for me to sit here and say this is how he should be, and for him to sit there when he's calm and sat down... that's different to being in the middle of a game because everyone is different personalities. He does things at times not always thinking about what the possible consequences are if they go wrong.feedback

Oct 07 2017

He's a more instinctive type of person. He's 21. All of us, at 21, don't always make the right decisions, but as a coach you support him and help him. As he gets older, he'll make more good decisions in all areas.feedback

Oct 07 2017

We're picking this up because of Iceland as much as anything, and 30 (sic) years of not succeeding to the level the country believes it should. But if it's 30 years, then our expectations are not in tune with reality.feedback

Oct 07 2017

We want to come out of this match learning things. We don't want to waste the fixture.feedback

Oct 07 2017

Well, are they big players until they win? These lads are going to need support. It's not going to help them if the negativity is as high as it can be. For me, as the coach, no problem. That's my reality from the last 20 years (since his Euro 96 penalty miss). If people want to have a go at me, no problem.feedback

Oct 07 2017

Of all the sports, football is the most difficult because the spotlight is the biggest, the attention is the most intense and people expect performance now. I understand that because I am 47 and I have lived through it but for young kids who are 19 and 20 and 23, it is not so easy to rationalise.feedback

Oct 07 2017

But he's got to be playing regularly. He has the quality to play at highest level.feedback

Oct 07 2017

For sure we'll make changes. The game is slightly different on an artificial pitch - we want to play players that can handle the ball.feedback

Oct 07 2017

I'm getting more stubborn over it. I'll make a decision when I'm ready.feedback

Oct 06 2017 - Russia

Won't be Spain. What we want to do is maximise the abilities that we have and the capabilities that we have.feedback

Oct 06 2017 - Russia

It depends on where you would like to be and what is realistic about how quickly you can improve.feedback

Oct 06 2017 - Russia

We keep talking about world class players and until you are able to really perform and prove yourself on that stage then you can't consider yourself in that company, but, our lads now have the chance to play on that stage again.feedback

Oct 06 2017 - Russia

Are we going to become Spain in the next eight months? No we're not, but respectfully they have got a squad full of players that have won league titles and won Champions Leagues.feedback

Oct 05 2017

We weren't quite as sharp as we hoped to be with the ball. But we stuck at it and it's not a coincidence if you keep scoring late goals.feedback

Oct 05 2017

They've come here on the back of what happened in the last European Championships, they've had the change of coach, they've had a lot of difficulties to deal with through the campaign.feedback

Oct 05 2017

They defended resolutely, they broke the game up when they had to, they took yellow cards when they had to.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - World Cup

We know where we have to do better but that's for tomorrow. Tonight, we go to the World Cup and that's fantastic.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - World Cup

But we're there [at the World Cup] and now we build and we look to where we can improve all the time.feedback

Oct 05 2017

Late goals have been key and we knew they had to win. We changed formation to go two up front at the end.feedback

Oct 05 2017

He's not just an old-fashioned winger. He's a 1994 birthday, so he's not old at all, but he's at a moment where, like a lot of these guys, the next few years are very important to establish themselves as top players. He recognises that.feedback

Oct 05 2017

We want the crowd to be excited with what they're watching, and he's a player who can do that. He can beat people, his goalscoring record is improving, which is important for him, and he works hard for the team, chasing back and tackling.feedback

Oct 05 2017

I can see he is ready for tomorrow and looking forward to it. He is in a good moment with his club, he is working with a good coach there and we have huge belief in him as well.feedback

Oct 05 2017

John came and spoke to us a few months ago. We have some very exciting talent who want to go and express themselves, and we want to give them the framework to do that. Raheem comes into that bracket. He is a tough lad. That's one of the attributes I really like about him. He bounces back from disappointments and he goes again.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Champions League

Are we going to become Spain in the next eight months? No, we're not. But they've got a squad of players who have won league titles and Champions League medals. Until you win things and can prove yourself on that stage, you can't consider yourself in that company. But our lads have a chance to play in that company again now.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - World Cup

Was it the performance or the night we wanted? No, absolutely not. But I was given the job to keep things steady a year ago, the objective was to qualify for the World Cup. Now we have to evolve the team… I think people want to come and see goals and be entertained. It's blindingly obvious we could have played better.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - World Cup

I won't release them, no. We have to assess them, injury-wise. But I won't be releasing players. We're a squad. We stay together as a squad. Maybe some time tonight we might enjoy we're at the World Cup, though that might take a few minutes. But there will be England supporters going to Lithuania and we have a duty to put in a performance. We want to win the game and stay unbeaten. There are one or two players we want to look at, but we want to continue building towards the World Cup.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Champions League

Is this team where we want it to be? Of course, no. It is young, but there is potential and they are going to improve… They're young players we have to try and get behind. They're giving everything they've got. They haven't got Champions League or league championship-winning medals in the group. They're a work in progress. But they are giving everything for the shirt and they will improve in the next few years. They're suffering the consequences of 25 years, 30 years, 40 years whatever, but that isn't their fault. We have to give them the backing to go and believe.feedback

Oct 05 2017

We've got some exciting players. I told them it's about time we give a performance that underlines the quality we've got. We've got some players bang in form, particularly in an attacking sense.feedback

Oct 04 2017

I think it is probably a fair outcome.feedback

Oct 04 2017

He is a player we enjoy working with. The things he does on the pitch, in terms of his creativity and the way he plays, are a result of his character and therefore, with that character, sometimes you do these things immediately and think about them after.feedback

Oct 04 2017

I think they [the players] know what we are trying to do. They know what we are trying to head towards.feedback

Oct 04 2017

All these experiences will make him better as he goes forward.feedback

Oct 04 2017

So now my focus is on him being ready for the game on Sunday [against Lithuania] and making sure he is aware of how we are playing and all the things we are trying to do with the team.feedback

Oct 04 2017 - World Cup

We still have to sit down to go through [our World Cup planning] but there's a lot we're already working on. It would be remiss not to be planning some of these things already. We will learn from the tournaments we've been in before and the experiences of the players and staff. We don't want to leave any stone unturned.feedback

Oct 02 2017

It is Sir Bobby's 80th birthday next week and also the fifth anniversary of St George's Park, which he was a big advocate of.feedback

Oct 02 2017 - World Cup

One of our greatest ambassadors as well for the game. We're delighted to have you, it is fantastic for us to name a pitch after you.feedback

Sep 30 2017

Somebody like Harry will do that. He will do whatever it takes to give himself the best chance, he's meticulous about his diet, meticulous about the way he recovers from games.feedback

Sep 30 2017

We should have enough expertise to get that to the best possible level. That requires all the players to be looking after themselves right.feedback

Sep 30 2017

There needs to be some mental switch-off at the end of the season but the danger there is that you tail off too much and then can't get back.feedback

Sep 30 2017

Physical work is tailored, now, anyway because positionally the requirements of your full-backs are totally different to your centre-backs, for example. We've got to be on top of all that.feedback

Sep 30 2017

I played in tournaments, I played seasons that involved 45 or 50 games, and I'm not a huge believer in burnout.feedback

Sep 30 2017

He's not massively different to how he was but at that time Saido Berahino was outstanding for us.feedback

Sep 30 2017

In my experience with the Under-21s and seniors, you get to that point where everyone is in a slightly different place.feedback

Sep 30 2017

The lads always have a conditioning programme from their clubs so there will always be something to keep them fit, otherwise you can tail off.feedback

Sep 30 2017

Some have played 20 games and are quite fresh and some have played 55 and need handling differently. We have to plot that individually.feedback

Sep 30 2017

It was the same at Southampton. I know Jesus, Mauricio's assistant, is in charge of that area of their training, and we noticed a definite difference that allowed them to play the pressing game they want to play. There was a definite impact on all the Spurs players from their club training. I think there's mental fatigue, but physically it's about getting the right level of training, the appropriate stimulus to make sure people are ready.feedback

Sep 30 2017

We want that environment where the players are relaxed, otherwise it becomes a bubble where there's nothing else in your life and the small things become bigger than they should be.feedback

Sep 08 2017

Kyle and Dele were mucking about, and Dele's made a gesture towards Kyle. I don't know what the angle picked up by the camera is, so I don't know if that is clear. The pair of them have a strange way of communicating but that's what they've said when it's been raised.feedback

Sep 05 2017

Ryan was (United) assistant manager - Marcus had just broken into the team. We felt the Under-21s would put too much spotlight on him and I think United were grateful for that. But then Roy (Hodgson, the then England manager) picked him for the seniors two months later! So that plan was out the window. Blimey, you could see the impact he had straight away.feedback

Sep 05 2017

He has the mental strength, he is very mature. When he first came to the (England) Under-21s he didn't know the group, he was happy to speak in meetings, he has a lot of humility. I met his mum; I met his brothers. They are a good influence.feedback

Sep 05 2017

We must also play a part and make sure he is looked after and we have shown that with the decision we made over the summer (not to take him to the European Championships) with the Under-21s.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Twitter

I've not seen it, but I've been made aware of it. Kyle and Dele were mucking about, and Dele's made a gesture towards Kyle. I don't know what the angle of the pitch is. The pair of them have a strange way of communicating, but that's what they've said when it's been raised.feedback

Sep 05 2017

We've got to keep things in perspective. He is exciting. There's a bit of reward for us. We gave him last summer off from going with the [Under] 21s. He can have an impact in games but there's a long way to go.feedback

Sep 05 2017

Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite.feedback

Sep 04 2017

They have a strange way of communicating!feedback

Sep 04 2017

And I've got to say… the crowd were brilliant tonight. At a goal down the crowd really stayed with us and that was of huge importance to the team.feedback

Sep 04 2017

[I've] not seen it. Obviously, we'll have a look at it over the next couple of days.feedback

Sep 04 2017

He's played in most of the games for us and he's playing well with his club, so, yeah, that's a possible change for us.feedback

Sep 04 2017

The notion the players aren't proud to play is outrageous really. They're unbelievably proud to play. Yeah, they might not play as well as they'd like to sometimes, not converting all their chances, but there's no one not giving their 100 percent. It's the same narrative I heard when I was playing. I'm able to contextualise and rationalise it. Every England team I played in, the lads could never quite get their heads round why that was. Maybe we had bad days when I was playing.feedback

Sep 04 2017

Alan Shearer was 25 [or] 26 when he was top scorer in '96 [at the European Championship]. Harry is still in the early stages of his career, but top scorer in the league two years running and in a really good place.feedback

Sep 04 2017

I have every trust in Harry. I've worked with him long enough, from the under-21s through, and he'll deliver whatever the occasion. He relishes the occasions. We're still talking about a 24-year-old, so there's still much more to come from him.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - Malta

He organises well, he competes well, so I'm delighted that we've been able to involve him this time and it was clear the other night [against Malta] what he brings to the team.feedback

Sep 04 2017

The notion that the players aren't proud to play is outrageous, really. They're unbelievably proud to play.feedback

Sep 03 2017

He knew this morning how many goals in games he had, and also how many Ronaldo and Messi had at this point. He's driven to be one of the world's best. Why can't that happen moving forward.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Malta

The core of the team will stay the same. Joe will stay as the goalkeeper. He is a talent with high potential and we really like his mentality. He has been playing very well for Manchester United this season and we wouldn't hesitate to start him.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Malta

I have a lovely dilemma with regard to our attacking positions. We made three excellent changes the other night and got a very positive reaction and I also had Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe sat next to me.feedback

Sep 03 2017

They can just go and play and, if they mess it up, at least no one's tried to stop them. And not many of their crowds turn on them and say: 'We pay your bloody wages.' It's a different dynamic. But would we rather the fans are with us? Bloody hell, of course.feedback

Sep 03 2017

I guess what I'd say to the supporters is every team has new players. Whatever your feelings have been about the team, can you give the next generation of players the support that any English sports team craves?feedback

Sep 03 2017

He was commenting about how lucky I was to have Harry playing for me. Harry is in top form and he has the mentality where he wants to be the best. When I spoke to him this morning he knew how many goals he had [five in his last three England games].feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Champions League

We're a work in progress. And I don't know how quickly we can develop that. The players are willing to learn and take on board ideas. But I go back to what I said a few months ago: If we're looking for some kind of messiah to change things, I don't think that's realistic.feedback

Sep 03 2017

We're not demanding they're here. They want to be here. The easiest thing in the world would be to pull out but we picked 28 players and 28 turned up. That's a really good sign and it hasn't always been the case. It's a shame the guys who come get the stick and the guys who duck out escape all that. He also knew how many Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi had at this point. You've got to have that drive and belief and Harry has always had that. Even when we weren't picking him in the Under-21s, he'd come and say: 'Hold on a minute, why? What's the rationale?' I never minded that self-belief.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - World Cup

I understand our job is to entertain and excite the supporters but it's also to build this team and qualify. And we want to get to a World Cup.feedback

Sep 03 2017

If you're going to be top players in a top team, you have to cope with everything. Is [the booing] helpful for the team? I don't see how it can be helpful for the team. But we have to just get on and perform, as we did on Friday, and play through it. What I hope is the fans really get behind us. There's nothing better than playing in your own stadium and feeling the fans are a huge advantage for you and intimidating the opposition. That's what supporting is all about.feedback

Sep 03 2017

Yes, yes, absolutely. I've played in teams where people were there every time and other players weren't. It's not important who they are. But that's why some people get 50, 60 or 70 caps and others, who may be good players, don't get that many. The important ones, for me, are those who get the 70 caps.feedback

Sep 03 2017

But the fans are proud Englishmen like we are. They pay their money and want us to win and perform. We get that. It would just be a much better experience for all of us if we are all united.feedback

Sep 02 2017

I think he is a strong kid. Mentally he is tough and he has bounced back from things throughout his career. I have no doubt in my mind that he will cope with that and he started the season with Manchester City well and is of course at a club where they have an incredible amount of attacking talent but he is right in the mix with them. Because of the position I'm in it is going to be more than it should be. It's sad to read the news but that's all it's appropriate to say.feedback

Sep 02 2017

It's a difficult moment for him and is family and I don't think it would be right for me to comment any further because of the impact of that. Because of the position I'm in it is going to be more than it should be. It's sad to read the news but that's all it's appropriate to say.feedback

Sep 02 2017

We thought about [leaving Sterling on for the start of the second half] that but we felt it was the best thing to do [to make the change at half-time]. It is always easier with players to give them the extra 10 to 15 minutes but I am paid to make right decisions, not decisions that keep everyone happy.feedback

Sep 02 2017

As a creative player, some days everything you do works and some days it doesn't. You could see in the first half, it was the latter for Raheem – but he will bounce back from that. He's ballsy. He's a lad we love. It's difficult but he took it really professionally.feedback

Sep 02 2017

We want to test ourselves against really good teams. We have to get Monday right first. If we get Monday right we are in a fantastic position and, after that, we have to play the best and really test ourselves. People talk about the problems England have in the major tournaments. For me, it's not about the training or the hotels or anything like that. It's because we are playing the best teams – and we have to keep playing those teams to get better.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Malta

What pleased me was that it can be a difficult environment. You're expected to win comfortably and get your goals early.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Malta

I've played in England games where it's happened [the team has become anxious]. We talked all week about staying calm if we haven't got the goals early, and that's exactly what we did.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Malta

But part of keeping the ball is tiring the opposition and your goals end up coming late. That's what we have a bench for.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Malta

Of course people will have wanted the goals earlier but we've won 4-0 and that's all that matters.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Malta

We stuck with the plan and didn't panic. We kept playing our football and got the goals in the end.feedback

Aug 26 2017

Dele is an exciting player and it's a great opportunity for him to kick on, but there's always a challenge. He's a young player but he's not a proven player. At the moment, he hasn't won anything. Like all young players, he's got to keep looking to improve. His goalscoring record over the past couple of years is phenomenal for a player who is not an out-and-out striker.feedback

Aug 25 2017

I'm not sure what else you have to do to become a legend. I congratulate him on a fantastic international career.feedback

Aug 25 2017

We're good at judging our players harshly. Rooney's done everything but win a trophy with England. By that token only the guys from 1966 can be elevated to that level.feedback

Aug 25 2017

I won't rush it with the captaincy; we will spread it through the team for now, so it's important for others to take responsibility.feedback

Aug 25 2017

We've had recent squads without him so we're used to that. We've named a lot of younger players, looking to the future, but I could see the value in having older players in there – like Jermain Defoe, for example. We've got exciting players coming through.feedback

Aug 25 2017

I've got huge respect for him. I was fortunate to play with him and manage him. He's been a pleasure to work with and I'm sure there'll be a role for him to play in the future.feedback

Aug 25 2017

We talked for another 30 minutes and I totally understand his decision. He has a sense of loyalty to Everton and has a fresh opportunity there. I thought there was a role for him to play in the squad, but I understand his decision.feedback

Aug 24 2017

I don't see why you ever shut the door on anything. I suppose we would have to see where he was at, where the squad was at, where everything else was at. But it would be foolish to say 'no' because anything is possible. A part of that question should go to Wayne because you have to respect his decision and the thinking behind it. But have I seen players change their minds? Yes, I think we all have.feedback

Aug 24 2017 - World Cup

It's never been done before and we have obviously had World Cup winners before. Other people have to make the decision but we should absolutely be recognising his career with England and showing appreciation. I know already there is discussion around that and about how we may keep him involved with England, just as we are talking to Frank [Lampard] and Steven and others, as there is value to that experience being passed on.feedback

Jul 27 2017

The great thing for Rooney is that he will probably be playing more regular football and so it's as simple as that. In the league, we only have 70 English players, and so we certainly aren't ruling anybody out.feedback

Jun 14 2017

But I know that we are improving as a group and I know that the players are receptive to what we are taking on board and I know that's not going to happen in the space of two or three months.feedback

Jun 14 2017

We've got some young players coming through that have got really good potential and can be exciting, but there is no shortcut. I am afraid there is no magic wand to that. But we are recognising where we are short, we are recognising where we can exploit teams. We've had some joy doing that. But our game without the ball has to improve.feedback

Jun 14 2017

All areas of the team without the ball we can improve.feedback

Jun 14 2017

There was no point raising my voice but equally you can't sugar-coat what happened in that final 30 minutes, in particular. I also know where we are as a team and that hard work that lies ahead to try and bridge the gap between the three teams we've spoken about. I go back to what I said. The only way we can understand what the gap is, is by playing against those three teams. If we'd played lesser teams and won maybe we'd all be getting excited and thinking that we're better than we are.feedback

Jun 14 2017

I also know where we are as a team and that hard work that lies ahead to try and bridge the gap between the three teams we've spoken about.feedback

Jun 14 2017

But clearly even with video not every decision will be 100 per cent – you won't get every single decision right. There will still be an element of one person's judgement within that.feedback

Jun 14 2017

I assume the referee wanted to make sure and if he has got that technology to do that, then it is a sensible decision.feedback

Jun 14 2017

It looked from where we were a clear penalty and therefore a sending-off, but if people say otherwise I would need to see it again.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Manchester United

At 2-2, after the sending off, they went up a level in terms of what they were able to find and we didn't manage that period of the game well.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Manchester United

Sterling caused problems, Kane in the first 50 to 60 minutes led the line really well. A lot of the play with the ball was good.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Manchester United

It is definitely something which France, at all age groups, have. They are blistering and they will cause you huge problems on the counter-attack if you're not supremely well organised.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Manchester United

Whichever system, we had problems with their pace and power. That athletic ability is what makes them hard to play against. Sterling caused problems, Kane in the first 50 to 60 minutes led the line really well. A lot of the play with the ball was good.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Manchester United

I thought [England's 3-4-3 system] worked really well, up to the point at 2-2, and gave us good options. We moved the ball well and caused them problems with that.feedback

Jun 14 2017

I am bitterly disappointed to be 2-2, with them down to 10, and not at least take a draw. But I am not shocked. I saw France a lot last summer [during Euro 2016]. I know the power and athleticism they have and the speed. I also know where we are as a team and the hard work that lies ahead to try to bridge the gap between the three teams we've played.feedback

Jun 14 2017

The only way we can understand the gap is by playing these teams. If we'd played lesser teams and won maybe we would all be getting excited and thinking we are better than we actually are. The reality is to find out exactly where we are against the very best. We've had two matches away and one at home and for long periods we've acquitted ourselves well. But we have a bit to do and I think it's important, as a group of players and a group of staff, we recognise that.feedback

Jun 14 2017

There was no point raising my voice but equally you can't sugarcoat what happened in that final 30 minutes. I don't think that does any harm. I think they know anyway, they are a very honest group of players. It's a big challenge. I played the last time we won in France, 20 years ago, and actually we got battered for a lot of that game and scored a goal on the counter.feedback

Jun 14 2017

I don't think the goals we have conceded are anything to do with either system. We were overloaded on a set play for the first goal. We got a tackle [wrong] and it was a weird chain of events for the second goal and the third was a gift.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Manchester United

I think in course of 90 minutes I saw things we're very good at. With the ball we caused France problems, created chances and scored two. Then we saw things we have to get better at, without the ball and our managing of the ball at 2-2. Sterling caused problems, Kane in the first 50 to 60 minutes led the line really well. A lot of the play with the ball was good.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I've not seen it again but, from my initial view, I thought it was the right call. It looked a clear penalty and therefore a sending off. I assume the referee wanted to make sure. If he's got that technology to do that, then a sensible decision. Clearly, even with video, not every decision will be 100%. You won't get every decision right. There'll still be an element of one person's judgment in that.feedback

Jun 12 2017

I know Jack is a goalkeeper of high potential and I have huge belief that Tom wants that position as well. Let's see what they do next season with their clubs and the way they perform each week.feedback

Jun 12 2017

You've asked me if he [Stones] is an option [in midfield]. I think he is. He's a player who's very comfortable receiving possession. He has all the attributes and capabilities to play as a holding midfield player. He obviously hasn't done that yet, really, so that's a decision we have to make. But do I believe he can play that role? Absolutely.feedback

Jun 12 2017

I think he could do that. We had a look at that in training last week, in fact. I also think we want defenders who can bring the ball out and show composure. I think he could do either of those jobs. When [former England manager] Terry [Venables] did it, it was genius.feedback

Jun 12 2017

The goals on Saturday were the first he'd conceded in qualifying, and we owe him for Slovenia [Hart made a superb save to preserve a draw]. His contribution around the group has been excellent since I've been manager. That said, I don't want anyone to feel completely comfortable in [their] position because that's not helpful. We want competition for places.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - World Cup

Jack, I worked with him at under-21s level and I went to an Under-20s World Cup with him and a Euros Under-21s. I know his mentality and the strength he has.feedback

Jun 12 2017

I've spoken to him [Forster] and, of course, he's disappointed.feedback

Jun 12 2017

Tactical details, things we need to improve upon. If we are playing teams who play with a low defensive block all the time, that's one problem we have to resolve. But we also have to play teams who come at us. Can we play out? Can we break down really high-quality defenders? We need these different type of challenges.feedback

Jun 12 2017

It would have been easy for me to ask for easier teams to try to manipulate our ranking and think about my own win percentage, but what's the point? We have to test ourselves against the best. It's the best way to learn and improve. It's about the evolution of the team and how we get better. We have to challenge the lads, with or without the ball, to perform at the highest level.feedback

Jun 12 2017

I said on Saturday it was never my intention to play Joe in this game. Tom Heaton will start the game and Jack Butland will play the second half.feedback

Jun 12 2017

Tom's had an outstanding season. We've got to maintain the squad environment that people feel involved. That goalkeeping situation, we need to give players an opportunity, game time. Jack is coming back from a long lay-off, was the No2 before that but hasn't had the amount of game time perhaps up to now, but we think he can challenge for the No1 slot moving forward.feedback

Jun 11 2017

I am sure he will be playing at a high level. For all of the players there is competition for places, so we need them at a high level in every position. Our intention was always to give someone else a game against France – there will be changes for sure.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Scottish independence

There's no-one else. We've obviously gone into this game without Jack (Wilshere), Henderson, Drinkwater, Delph if you are looking at English players playing. There's no-one else. You are talking about Carrick and Barry so that is the concern in terms of numbers of players and that is part of the challenge. In terms of the task that we have got, that bit can't be underestimated. But we have to hope there are some young players in the under-21s and under-20s that can add to that. We have got talent coming through, they need opportunities.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Scottish independence

At 1-0 the challenge is to see games like that out or finish them with a second goal and that highlighted an area we have to get better at. Part of what we have to do is to make good decisions when teams come at us and throw the ball forward and put us under pressure. I am not standing here saying we have not got a hell of a lot of work to go but I have to focus on the actions of the team coming back from adversity.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - World Cup

We have to avoid conceding free-kicks to make sure they do not have the opportunity. Great respect to Leigh (Griffiths) because they are great strikes but there are players with other countries who can do that every time. When Germany won the World Cup they hardly conceded any fouls in their third of the pitch and that is part of seeing the game through.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Scottish independence

It was two moments of brilliant quality to turn the match on its head in seconds. But we should never be beaten. We should have that mentality and we showed that at the end.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Scottish independence

We had good moments, we got into good positions in the final third. We've got to take the finish. We played a team with four or five at the back. I understand why they did that, but we had decent positions and didn't take the chance.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Scottish independence

We came to a hostile atmosphere and controlled game. We should have been further ahead, but if you don't get the second goal you can be punished.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Scottish independence

Our objective is to qualify and we're still top of the group.feedback

Jun 10 2017

There was nobody they said shouldn't be on the journey with us.feedback

Jun 10 2017

His goals record over the last three seasons speaks for itself. Even when we worked together at the under-21s, the quality of his finishing was clear. You see the level of finishing from the likes of [Robbie] Fowler, [Paul] Scholes and [Alan] Shearer, and you could see that level from Harry from the first day.There was the question of whether he could transfer that into matches because he wasn't playing for Spurs at the time, but he's done that now. He's always had the focus about being the best possible player and they are the attributes when you look at the really top players.feedback

Jun 10 2017

Everybody knocks youth development. Our coaching gets knocked, our youth development gets knocked, our young players get knocked but why shouldn't young English players be able to achieve?feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

I'm 47. I'm not sure it's a new generation. You heard what the FA are trying to do in terms of monitoring this. In terms of numbers, we have fantastic support. We want that support, but in the right way. In the same way the team are ambassadors for the country, so are the supporters. So get behind us in the right way.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

We have several players who have excellent leadership qualities and Harry is a player we have worked with, with the Under-21s before.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

He finished the season in great form and any team would want a finisher of his quality in their side.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

He's got a terrific mentality and I know he is delighted to be leading the team.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

But a couple of the others have done it already and I wanted to give him that boost for tomorrow's game.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

Harry Kane will captain the side tomorrow. Obviously we have shared the leadership around and I think that's been important for us as a team. People have said to me there are a lack of leaders in the team and I don't see that to be the case. I felt it important to try and give people the opportunity to lead in different ways. Everybody's different, everybody has different leadership styles, has a different impact on the game and around the training ground and the hotels, in meetings and Harry's one of a number of people I could have given that opportunity to tomorrow.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

He was pretty chuffed [when told]. It's a great honour for any player and for their families, so the significance wasn't lost on him that's for sure.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - US Marine Corps

There were some team objectives around pushing themselves beyond where they thought they could go and knowing you don't want to let any of your team-mates down. We wanted to expose the guys to an elite environment with one of the elite forces in the world. We wanted them to see that there's another world out there.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - US Marine Corps

These guys represent Queen and country, and we do the same – but the consequences of failure for the Royal Marines are far higher. That gives us a good context and comparison. For me, the greatest outcome was that we worked as one team - support staff and players. I think there was a real connection formed between everybody, and it was also a great life experience for everybody.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - US Marine Corps

We're always thinking about football and the small world we're in, but there are life experiences that'll stay with you forever and I think this will stay with everyone – from our side and the Marines' side. We've seen their standards and the pride they have in their identity and the green beret, which is a powerful message for us to link with the Three Lions. We've got to be brave in terms of how we play and what we do.feedback

Jun 04 2017 - Scottish independence

Marcus is in the senior squad on merit, and has been for a year. His performances warrant him being in the senior squad. He could still have gone with the under-21s afterwards but that would not be right. He is a 19-year-old player who has had an exceptional season but by that point he will be close to 60 matches.feedback

May 30 2017 - Manchester United

[Rashford's] relationship with England is key. So we want a good working relationship with the clubs, of course we do. But they have got their own objectives, and they have to make decisions that are right for them.feedback

May 30 2017 - Manchester United

He thinks deeply about the game. He's got good tactical understanding. What I always find with the young players who come through at United, they're bred to play in front of 70,000 people every week. That's part of the mentality of the youth system there.feedback

May 30 2017 - Manchester United

I'm always mindful of what is right for the players. Respectfully, none of the managers are likely to be around in 10 years, but people like Marcus Rashford will be.feedback

May 30 2017 - Manchester United

I am not in a position where I can make decisions to keep people happy. I'm not going to achieve that. If I am trying to keep Jose happy, then that's going to be fairly difficult. So I have got to make decisions that are right for England seniors, long term.feedback

May 30 2017 - Manchester United

Rashford has won more than I won already, which is f****** depressing! He is a lad who, whatever you asked him to do, he would do. He's very clear about that. He's proud to play for England, he's a player who respects the decisions of coaches. What I like most of all is the humility and the mentality.feedback

May 30 2017

Sport gives people a chance to dream. It makes a difference to a town, a city, a community, a country. You can take people out of day-to-day miseries... having to listen to the election all the time! There is power in sport.feedback

May 30 2017

We have got Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane coming back and Jermain Defoe who did really well for us last time while Jamie Vardy has been in excellent form in the second half of the season. I cannot dress it up any other way. Other players are in really good form and deserve to keep their place.feedback

May 30 2017 - Manchester United

I've no idea what the future is for Wayne at Manchester United so it's impossible for me to comment if he's part of the plans or not.feedback

May 30 2017

I said last time [in March] that he was a bit short of matches, he has had some matches now but we have got players that have done really, really well for us in Adam Lallana and Dele Alli.feedback

May 30 2017

He's got some big decisions to make this summer - you want your players playing in the biggest possible games.feedback

May 30 2017 - Manchester United

I knew when I made the decision it would be one of the things that would be fired across – 'you have done it because of José' and so on – and in many respects it would have been easier for me just to send him [Rashford] with the under-21s and not have to face all of that. But I had to make a decision that was the right one.feedback

May 25 2017

I have showed that, by selecting Jermain Defoe at 34, if players are playing well and the moment is right then we will involve them in the squad. You never write off a player of Wayne's quality and I'm sure that, next season, he will be back to playing. He has finished the season a bit better and I'm sure he will take that into next year.feedback

May 25 2017 - Scottish independence

A game away in the Stade de France will be a brilliant occasion for the players.feedback

May 25 2017 - Scottish independence

France is a great challenge for us. Our ambition with our friendly matches is to play the best possible teams – we have done that by playing Spain and Germany already.feedback

May 06 2017

I read the comments of the president, but frankly that could be related to the fact they know they can't keep him.feedback

May 04 2017

I've played with a couple of players who have mental health issues. I didn't understand it fully then as a player, I have a much better understanding of it as a coach. For any performer going on stage, there's enormous anxiety - whether that is a sportswoman, sportsman, an actor, a musician, comedian - there is always that element of can I do it today.feedback

Apr 01 2017

They need to make that step. Spain was the same. In my time it was quarter-finals, out; quarter-finals, out. But the people started to go abroad. Xabi Alonso went to Liverpool, the people stayed there, Cesc arrived at Arsenal. In one moment – semi-finals, finals, win, win, win. We were able to compete against Italy, Germany, Brazil and Argentina. In the past it was not possible. You are able to think now we are good, now we are able to beat them.feedback

Mar 28 2017

If you don't feel that internal 100 per cent passion for playing for England, then I'm jot sure it's for me to sell that to you.feedback

Mar 27 2017

I saw him [Zaha] at Burnley when he was OK in the first-half and very good in the second. But I didn't really appreciate there was this disappearing egg-timer on going to the Ivory Coast, and, of course, I was interim manager at the time. He was the first player I went to see when I got the job permanently but he had already made his mind up to go across to the Ivory Coast. That was the chain of events.feedback

Mar 27 2017

I'm not sure it's helpful to comment, like I wouldn't comment on his decisions and we're both in important roles. He is passionate about his football and his players. I spoke to him during that process as well and he was keen to push that forward and I totally understand it. . He had a training camp with us, two training camps with Wales, and you run the risk, when you leave players out of squads, of them going across to another country. But in the end I have to focus on players who are desperate to play for England.feedback

Mar 27 2017

I don't think anyone would have questioned Roy [Hodgson] for not bringing him last season. And September would have been similar, I think. I had three days to pick a squad in October so I was always going to pick players I knew and then November I had the chance to look a little bit further but we'd won the game in October and I was pleased with the squad.feedback

Mar 27 2017

We've always got to have in our mind that there's a hell of a lot of youngsters in our system, from 15s up who are dual nationality or more. So there's a constant dilemma. [Ben] Woodburn [the 17-year-old Liverpool forward] would be an example.feedback

Mar 27 2017

But I go back to that it was really small timescale for me to pick him [Zaha]. I didn't want to pick him just because there was a chance that might happen. But first opportunity I had as permanent manager I did go and speak to him.feedback

Mar 27 2017

I'm pleased for the two lads who have got the goals, a great story for Jermain - I would have put my house on him scoring at some stage - and I felt Jamie Vardy added something to us.feedback

Mar 27 2017

It is a great moment for him. He was thrilled to be back involved in the squad. I think he has enjoyed his week immensely.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - World Cup

We have got to look every time we get together as to who is in form. I don't know if we can have a distinct pecking order because players that are playing well deserve the opportunity. If we are going to be successful, we have got to have that competition for places. The reality is we will always lose players to injury, we have never been able to field or pick a full cohort, so it is really important that we are able to call upon the likes of Jermain and for him to have the impact he had in a game like this one.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - World Cup

But if he is scoring goals in the Premier League and playing as well as he has this season, then there is absolutely no reason why he couldn't [go to the World Cup]. It is a great moment for him. He was thrilled to be back involved in the squad. I think he has enjoyed his week immensely.feedback

Mar 27 2017

Jermain Defoe is a classic example. His whole life has been a desire to play for England from Under-16s all the way through. I don't think if you'd approached him to play for someone else he'd have done it. That's where I was with it too – I didn't get capped until I was 25 and I had no interest in playing for anyone else. I'm English and proud to be English and I think part of your identity as a national team has to be pride in the shirt. So, for me, the commitment has to come from the player.feedback

Mar 27 2017

I don't think anyone would have questioned Roy for not bringing him in last season. And in September [when Allardyce was manager] it would have been similar. I had three days to pick a squad in October and then in November I had the chance to look a little bit further but we'd won the game in October and I was pleased with the squad.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - Manchester United

I think he's enjoyed his week. It's good for him to feel that we are still thinking about him. We've got some pretty good left-backs, with Ryan Bertrand and Danny Rose, so it's great to have that competition. Now he's got the challenge of trying to force his way back into the Manchester United side.feedback

Mar 27 2017

I didn't really appreciate there was this disappearing egg timer on him going to the Ivory Coast. He was the first player I went to see when I got the job permanently but he'd already made his mind up. The Ivory Coast had been talking to him and his family for a long period of time and obviously it had been a couple of years that he had been out of the England fold. We hoped to have him as an option for us but there was nothing we could do about it.feedback

Mar 27 2017

I know the chairman has quite a vociferous view on it. I know Steve's an intelligent guy who's done a fantastic job for that football club but I'm not sure it's helpful [for him] to comment, like I wouldn't comment on his decisions.feedback

Mar 27 2017

I went to meet him before Palace played at Hull, at the team hotel, and we had a good chat because he was a player I'd picked for the Under-21s. I've never questioned his talent and it's nice to see him play with a smile on his face and having an impact. He [Parish] is passionate about his football and his players. I spoke to him during the process and he was keen to push that forward [Zaha for England] and I totally understand it. But the first opportunity I had as permanent manager I did go and speak to him [Zaha].feedback

Mar 26 2017

It's in our hands because the next two teams [in the table – Slovenia and Slovakia] have got to come here.feedback

Mar 26 2017

We'd have liked a bit more but I think really only one team came to win the game and it's always difficult to break down a packed defence as we did. We moved the ball a little bit too slowly and we didn't really get in behind them enough until Jamie and Marcus came on. I'm pleased for the two lads who got the goals - [it's a] great story for Jermain. I thought Jamie added something to us when he came on, both with his pressing and with his runs in behind. We've got individual players who will play better than they did.feedback

Mar 26 2017 - Scottish independence

There are times when you know you're going to win the game and you maybe don't hit the levels some of the players did against Germany. There've been some good things – two very young centre-backs, which is a plus for us in the way they defended. [Keane] has been a real bonus. Obviously we knew about him but you're never sure how he'll cope. To make a full debut away in Germany and play the way he did... today, he was excellent. We obviously know that going to Scotland will be a difficult game and Lithuania on the plastic [pitch] will be a different sort of test.feedback

Mar 26 2017

We've taken a step in the right direction. I'm pleased more about the culture we've started to set this week and the way we've started to work off the pitch.feedback

Mar 26 2017

We had nine players and Harry Kane and Danny Rose and others had to have treatment and Wayne the same. It was no problem. The more important thing for me was those guys felt they'd been invited.feedback

Mar 26 2017

I think we've got to look every time we get together as to who is in form. I don't know if we can have a distinct pecking order because players who are playing well deserve the opportunity. If we are going to be successful we have to have that competition for places. The reality is we will always lose players to injury – we're never able to pick a full cohort – so it's important we can call upon the likes of Jermain and that he can have the impact like he did today. If he scores like he is in the Premier League, there's no reason why he wouldn't be involved in 2018.feedback

Mar 26 2017

He was a bit tight in his back before the game and at half-time, so that was partly in my mind. With creative players, they're going to try things. Sometimes they'll come off and sometimes not. I also felt we had Marcus [Rashford] and Jamie who might threaten behind a bit more and Raheem likes receiving to feet. So that was the decision I took.feedback

Mar 26 2017

It was a great moment for him. He was thrilled to be back involved in the squad and he's enjoyed his week immensely. He's been a good senior professional to have around the team, both in terms of the way he's trained, his professionalism which has been great for the younger players to see and his finishing in training and then today, which we expected really. I would have put my house on him scoring at some stage against Lithuania. He's had a really positive impact on everybody. We've selected him on form. We've got really good competition for places. We need to have that.feedback

Mar 25 2017

They're both in very good moments. Jamie [Vardy], the last two games for us, Spain and Germany, has set the tone for the performances from the front. The way he presses and runs in behind defences. And he's in good form for his club. Equally Jermain is scoring goals for his club, doesn't get too many chances, but he's a deadly finisher. If called upon, I have every faith that he'll score goals. No question.feedback

Mar 25 2017

Maybe some people might see 'boss' as a sign of respect, but you can call someone 'boss' with zero respect. And you can call someone by their name with more respect. To me it makes no difference. It's a slightly archaic thing we have in our game, boss. In football it's ingrained. We do it because we do it. But why do we do it? For me it's no issue at all.feedback

Mar 25 2017

Some people question a goalkeeper being captain but I did it with Jack Butland with the Under-21s and in the end you are looking for the professionalism and his impact during the week, not just on the matchday.feedback

Mar 25 2017

Joe Hart will captain the side. I had to think seriously because we've got a squad now where there are some emerging leaders. I've talked before about sharing responsibility around the squad and even some of the youngest players who have just come into the squad have been able to talk openly in front of everybody, which is a great sign. Joe is our most-capped international. I think he has shown great maturity in the way he has recovered from his own disappointment last summer and it's a good moment for him.feedback

Mar 25 2017

He's playing well with his club; his performances with us have been excellent. I think he's respected by everybody in the group.feedback

Mar 23 2017

I have to have a mentality that the friendlies have to serve a purpose. It would be easy just to view them as games that have to be won, and then you don't risk, don't try things and you don't give people opportunities. Would we make all the changes we did in another scenario? In a game like that, that's the purpose, if you don't put lads in, you'll never find out about them. Performances like Michael Keane's are a real plus, the margins are fine.feedback

Mar 23 2017

Is that the last question? It helps if you have won World Cups and European Championships, doesn't it? I think people [in England] recognise those who have made 100 caps, we have always given presentations for that, and people acknowledge the contribution they've made.feedback

Mar 23 2017

To be honest, I didn't hear what was said but it has been mentioned to me.feedback

Mar 22 2017

We've go into that formation for the first time. We've gone in off the back of the lads playing Saturday, Sunday, we've had a cool down and then one day where everyone's been out on the training pitch. It's difficult to play in a new formation and have everyone grasp it straight away.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - 2017 UK Parliament attack

It puts football into perspective. We are conscious that part of our identity as a nation is that we carry on in moments like this.feedback

Mar 22 2017

He is a player who really affects the game around the penalty box. He has great creativity but also power around the penalty area. That is important, especially if you are playing against teams who are banking up or packed defences. You need players who can maybe beat someone one-to-one and he has the strength, the power and the guile to do that. But also the other day against West Brom a couple of lovely floated passes and chips over the defence. He is quite an instinctive player and also exciting.feedback

Mar 22 2017

He is playing a slightly different position for Everton in the last few weeks. He is playing on the right but drifting into the number 10 slot which is where he does his best work. I think physically he looks in slightly better condition and Ronald Koeman has talked quite publicly about the things he has asked him to do. I just think he is in a better moment as an individual player and playing with confidence.feedback

Mar 22 2017

Dele and Adam, and also Jesse Lingard, are fantastic at finding space between the opposition's midfield and defence. In the past, maybe creative players didn't always have the work ethic those two have. They cover a phenomenal distance, which allows you to get pressure on the opposition. I think it is very exciting for what we can do moving forward.feedback

Mar 22 2017

That drives me on as much as anything. The need to start recognising where we really are.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - World Cup

They get the players to present the opposition analysis, rather than it being fed by the coach… and of course he (Jones) has a winning mentality – he is constantly asking for more. They were 18 games unbeaten and I saw his quote saying 'we are nowhere near ready to win the World Cup'. He recognized what the end looks like and what the environment needs to look like.feedback

Mar 21 2017

I thought he was excellent in the game against Chelsea last week. He makes powerful runs behind defenders and you can ask Gary Cahill how much of a problem that is. I liked his mentality when we had him for 10 days with the Under-21s. His mentality was very mature, very humble. He wants to learn, wants to improve, has a good view on the game and for a young player I think he has intelligent input when you ask him tactical things. He is not afraid to voice that, even among older players.feedback

Mar 21 2017

They will judge us on the performance. They want an England team that is proud to wear the shirt – a team that is playing with calculated aggression and positive about what they do. We have to be tactically savvy because that's an area of the game where we have to be at the top end if we want to succeed. And we have to be adaptable. The game is constantly evolving, with different problems at different times, and as a player now you have to be able to adapt very quickly.feedback

Mar 21 2017

That has to be the ultimate aim because then that drives your behaviour. I think that is crucial because that is the mind-set we need to win.feedback

Mar 21 2017

I think over the last 10 years there has been emphasis on a more technical type of player and then I think the diversity of our country has now given us strong, powerful athletes as well. I think it is a really interesting period for us in terms of the types of players that are coming through.feedback

Mar 21 2017

I guess where I believe we can head and the mindset I think we need to do that. Plus the realities of where we are and I don't mean that as this individual squad but us as a country.feedback

Mar 21 2017

Look at Spain. We're an island, we've got to get off the island and learn from them. We need to look in the mirror and change the way we do things tactically, physical preparation, our style of play and mentality. We've had success in every other sport in our country. We're probably the missing piece. The culture in rugby I think we can take something from.feedback

Mar 21 2017

Ideally you would have liked them there but the reality was club commitments. So no drama.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - Olympic Games

I guess to highlight the difference they (Germany) postponed the start of the Bundesliga because they got a team in the Olympics. We can't even get a team in the Olympics. So that's the collaboration they have.feedback

Mar 21 2017

We've probably got some work to do in terms of the connection between the DFB (German Football Federation) and Bundesliga is immensely strong and the opportunity for the young German players to play in the League, there is a real buy-in on that.feedback

Mar 21 2017

It was just a tackle, a nothing sort of thing really. It is very unfortunate for him and a huge disappointment because he has been playing very well and he has had some injury difficulties in the past. We have respectfully sent him back to his club and we will know more once he has had scans and an X-ray over the next 24-48 hours. We have to have half an eye on Sunday because that is the key game this week, but also we want to have a really good go at this. You want to win every game you go into and if you can win a game like this it gives everyone a bit more belief and confidence.feedback

Mar 21 2017

He makes powerful runs in behind defenders and you can ask Gary Cahill how much of a problem that is. And a lot of that game he had to play on his own and carry the fight. I liked his mentality when we had him for the 10 days we had him with the under-21s. His mentality was very mature, very humble. He wants to learn, wants to improve, has a good view on the game and for a young player I think he has intelligent input when you ask him tactical things. He is not afraid to voice that, even among older players.feedback

Mar 21 2017

During the game we have to make decisions on what is right for Sunday, of course. We had 14 or 15 players who played on Sunday and I had no idea where they were physically until training today. We will assess them tonight [Tuesday] and go from there. Some have had different loads and some played midweek with big matches as well, so there is a bit of balancing to do. And individually one or two knocks, Raheem missed training so we have to assess things like that. I thought he was excellent in the game against Chelsea last week.feedback

Mar 21 2017

We are ranked 14th in the world at the moment. We can't keep turning around and saying if only we had done a little bit better in this one game. We have to look at the bigger picture and bigger trend of performances and I am not sure we have always looked at ourselves in the mirror as closely as that … but that's what we have to do as a football nation. We have to seriously say what is needed to improve.feedback

Mar 21 2017

I think there are opportunities to affect things tactically, there are opportunities to affect things in terms of our physical preparation, the style of our play and the mentality that we bring if we want to be a team that is challenging the best teams in the world.feedback

Mar 20 2017

We're going to have a meeting with all the players about what we feel the next 18 months will look like. He [Rooney] will be there.feedback

Mar 19 2017

Other countries are quite happy to say nice things to us and then they pack us off home at a certain stage [of a tournament] and think, Good, we've got rid of them. That's how it feels to me and I don't like it.feedback

Mar 19 2017

I'm so used to watching the yellow ticker going round then I'm sat in Brazil [in 2014 when England were left out of a highlights montage of previous tournaments] and I'm not seeing us. It was quite a stark reality of where we are.feedback

Mar 19 2017

I always say being an island saved us in 1945, I'm not so sure it's helped us ever since. You guys travel around Europe and around the world and see those big clubs, work in those big matches and other sporting events, you have a broader perspective of it.feedback

Mar 19 2017

Sometimes within the game we don't do that. Joe Hart as an example has had a brilliant experience [at Torino], he's taken a hell of a lot from seeing another league, living abroad, broadened his horizons, recognises some of the things he had that he hasn't now got in terms of training facilities. I think he'll come back a more mature goalkeeper and a more mature person. I think we've got to broaden the horizons because the lads see one league, they see Sky Sports News , they think we're the centre of the earth and we're not. That's what hit me.feedback

Mar 16 2017

He is still very much in our thinking. If he keeps playing well for his club there is no reason he can't force his way back in as Michail Antonio and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have done this time.feedback

Mar 16 2017

I think Theo has a really valid claim for being included.feedback

Mar 16 2017

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, unfortunately you've not been selected Theo, happy birthday to you…. He has scored a lot of goals for his club. He has obviously played a lot with England. I didn't see him featuring in the games this week so in terms of having him in the longer squad, I wanted to look at one or two other players I don't as much about. That is a really tough call on him and one I don't expect him to be chuffed to bits about but, as I say, I wanted to look at a couple of others.feedback

Mar 16 2017

I didn't want to just look at his age and think he's finished with England. I think you get young players with a point to prove and older players with a point to prove. I think he still feels that. I think he warrants the call-up. You need senior players within that to educate some of the younger ones, to show them some of the things they need to learn and also the competition's important. It can't be a comfortable environment where people think they are going to be in every time.feedback

Nov 30 2016

I think there's huge potential, I think there's a lot of hard work ahead. I was really pleased that our performances progressed and improved as we went through those four games, as we were able to work in more detail with everybody. And I think at all age groups there are exciting England players coming through.feedback

Nov 15 2016

In terms of the remit, we've fulfilled that.feedback

Nov 13 2016 - Scottish independence

We will make changes for the game, but we want to get the balance right.feedback

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