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Gareth Southgate wants to be challenged by his England players

England Manager Gareth Southgate after the press conference

As someone who played in the last England side to come close to winning a tournament Gareth Southgate is well placed to discuss what it might take to foster a sense of togetherness within the squad that he will take to the World Cup in Russia. Of all the accusations aimed at England over the years the players’ apparent lack of enjoyment from international football seems easier to remedy than their tactical or technical failings.

José Mourinho calls on England to do more to protect Wayne Rooney

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho before the action

José Mourinho has claimed Gareth Southgate failed to protect Wayne Rooney on England duty and compared it to a child who fails to take extra care of a loaned pencil. The Manchester United manager is unhappy with his captain being photographed the night after the World Cup qualifying victory against Scotland.

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England Manager Gareth Southgate after the press conference

Gareth Southgate wants to be challenged by his England players

As someone who played in the last England side to come close to winning a tournament Gareth Southgate is well placed to discuss what it might take to foster a sense of togetherness within the squad that he will take to the World Cup in Russia. Of all the accusations aimed at England over the years the players’ apparent lack of enjoyment from international football seems easier to remedy than their tactical or technical failings.