England manager Gareth Southgate admitted that there were not enough women in his national team set-up. He revealed that work needs to be done to improve women’s representation in the senior team set-up. Southgate revealed that he was impressed with the progression of the women’s game in the country.
“Women’s football, firstly, where I know changes (have) come is that I meet dads who proudly come up and say, ‘My daughter plays football’.” England manager Gareth Southgate said. “Five years ago, that didn’t happen. I don’t know if that’s that the girls weren’t playing or the dads weren’t proud that they were playing, but that’s been the shift. I think (it is) far more acceptable, if that’s the right word, for girls to play now and (there are) more teams, more clubs. dads (are) now excited by that. I coach my daughter’s team and there’s a real enthusiasm for it.”
“I think that’s different to where we are currently in terms of diversity of staff within the game. We haven’t got that right with my team,” he added. “We’ve got some women that work with the team but we haven’t got enough. We’ve got a staff of 40, so that’s nowhere near where we should be,”
“Within the FA we are actually very diverse, gender-wise, with 38 percent female, I think,” he added. “But as my daughter said to me, ‘Oh, that’s good is it, dad?’. I had to say, ‘Er, good point’. For me, that’s a great reminder. What world do I want for my daughter? What opportunities do I want for my daughter? That very quickly changes your outlook on the way that you view women’s sport and the way you view opportunities for women within our sport.”