Gareth Southgate has urged his players to ‘allow everybody to dream’ this summer by demonstrating that they are capable of defeating the best teams on their way to Euro 2020 glory.
England’s chances of winning the tournament for the first time are boosted by the fact that they will play all of their group matches at Wembley Stadium.
‘So we have to allow everybody to dream, we want to dream ourselves but we’ve got to make sure we won’t just win because we’re at home, we won’t just win because we’re an exciting team, we’ve got to get all the parts right and that’s got to be our aim.”
Facing a difficult spell in the UEFA Nations League following an excellent campaign in the 2018 World Cup, where the Three Lions were knocked out of the semi-finals by eventual winners Croatia, Southgate is confident that his side will go all the way.
‘I said ahead of Russia that we wanted the country to have pride in the team and I think we achieved that,’ Southgate said. ‘Some of that is about results and some of that is about the way the team are and the connection with the fans.
The Lions face a difficult start to the tournament, with a group that includes the 2018 World Cup runners-up, Croatia, the Czech Republic, and Scotland, all of whom will no doubt put up a battle for a place in the next round of the competition.
Southgate insisted on his players resting after finishing the 2020-2021 season, knowing how crucial it is for them to start the tournament fatigue-free and with a clear mind.
‘We basically have three weeks from the last Premier League game to our first group match and the way we’ve worked over the last few years, we’ve always given the players a period of time with their families – I think they need that at the end of the season, psychologically as well as physically.
England will play friendlies against Austria on June 2nd at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium and Romania four days later in preparation for the tournament.