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Gareth Southgate looks for young players to take England forward

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 00:54

The England football manager makes it clear where his strategy lies with new players coming into the squad.

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 13, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND MANAGER, GARETH SOUTHGATE, SAYING: "I think the message for all of the others is that there is opportunity if you keep doing well. We are in a situation where we have mostly young players to pick from, that's the route we want to go. Maybe slightly different this time in that we didn't see any value in bringing a couple of senior players in just for a couple of days. But also we want some of these youngsters, who have got good pedigree internationally already, to have their pathway." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND MANAGER, GARETH SOUTHGATE, SAYING: "We think it's the right route to go, we think it's a path that can pay benefits for us as a country moving forward. I've said before: whether that's next summer or beyond and whether that's for me as a manager or other people, I think we've got to make decisions that are right for England. " STORY: England manager Gareth Southgate is looking for young players to stake a claim for a World Cup place in Tuesday's (November 14) friendly against Brazil at Wembley. Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford received rave reviews after making their first England starts in the 0-0 friendly against Germany last Friday (November 10). Tammy Abraham, Jack Cork and Joe Gomez also made their debuts and Southgate is adding Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn, Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook and Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke to his squad for Brazil. In part, their promotion is reward for their success with England's junior sides, Solanke scored for England Under-21s last week, but before next year's World Cup finals Southgate is clearly looking to new talent to counter decades of failure by the country's senior sides. England's junior sides have prospered internationally with the Under-17s and Under-20s both winning World Cups this year and the Under-18s and Under-21s also producing standout performances.

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Gareth Southgate looks for young players to take England forward

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 00:54