Football News: Gareth Southgate insists he will not be overly loyal to the England players who have been such an integral part of his team in recent years as he claims the current crop will “die for one another”.
The Three Lions came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Germany in their Nations League group game.
Harry Kane’s penalty, his 50th for England, canceled out Jonas Hofmann’s opener as Southgate’s side extended their unbeaten run against Germany to three games.
Of the 14 players who featured in the draw at the Allianz Arena, West Ham striker Jarrod Bowen was the only one not included in the squad that lost on penalties in last summer’s Euro 2020 final.
Seven of the starters against Germany were also included in the line-up that lost to Croatia in the last four of the 2018 World Cup.
Asked if he could be too loyal to those players, Southgate replied: “No. We are completely open-minded. Bukayo (Saka) is out of the squad and we have no qualms about putting Jude (Bellingham) into it, which has been a great experience for him. .
“But to win big games, there’s a huge amount of quality needed. It’s not just about talent. You must have knowledge and awareness.
“They tested us tactically without the ball to such a high level, with the movement and runs they made, the technique, so reading the game and communication on the pitch was very important. The group of players often played together.
“Of course we want to try to develop other people and take that competition and give them the same experience, which Jude has indirectly got. But it’s a process.”
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