Euro 2020: How Gareth Southgate restored religion in England’s nationwide staff

Gareth Southgate


Southgate earned 57 England caps as a player and is nearing that many games as national team boss
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“One of the main factors I got with Gareth Southgate,” 42-cap striker Danny Welbeck says of the England manager, “was he likes to make sure there’s a really good culture within the group”.

It is a term that is referenced with increasing regularity within the sporting world, one dismissed by detractors as a form of empty business jargon.

But not only does Southgate believe in the importance of implementing a strong working culture, it is the central tenet of his management style.

Whenever England qualify for a major tournament, frenzied expectation begins to mount. And as the Three Lions prepare for Euro 2020 this month, the customary optimism…