As the transfer window draws nearer and nearer, England manager Gareth Southgate is urging his players to remain focused on the task at hand, rather than worry about their uncertain futures. With a number of his squad potentially moving clubs this summer, Southgate has joked that some of them are even “tapping each other up” for transfers.
Southgate’s message was clear: this summer may involve several upheaval in terms of player personnel, but it is important to stay focused on the team’s performance and preparations for the upcoming tournaments. Captain Harry Kane, Declan Rice, Harry Maguire, Kyle Walker, James Maddison and Conor Gallagher could all be looking at moves within the next few weeks.
Speaking to reporters ahead of England’s friendly match against Austria later tonight (Wednesday), Southgate said: “It’s always been a difficult time when you’ve got so many players potentially in different situations with clubs. It’s a piece of our job that never really changes – talking about individual players’ welfare firstly and making sure they’re happy with whatever decisions they make.”
The England manager also revealed that there had been a shift in mentality amongst his players over recent years which had enabled them to better handle such issues without letting it affect their focus on playing for their country. He added: “I think we’ve grown as a group into understanding how we can use each other positively when there might be some uncertainty around where individuals will play next season.”
In conclusion, while there may be uncertainty regarding potential transfers amongst members of Southgate’s squad this summer, he has urged them to remain focused on playing for their homeland in order to continue building towards major tournament success in the near future. The new kit which will proudly showcase England colours throughout beyond serves as an inspiring reminder not only of current talent but also potential glory ahead.