England boss Gareth Southgate revealed that he will not be too loyal to players that have been an integral part of his squad in recent years. He believes that the current team would die for each other on the pitch. Harry Kane scored his 50th goal for England to help them earn a point against Germany in their Nations League encounter on Tuesday. Jarrod Bowen was the only player not part of the squad that reached the finals of Euro 2020.
“No. We’re totally open-minded. Bukayo (Saka) came out of the pack and we didn’t hesitate to put Jude (Bellingham) into the fray, which was an incredible experience for him,” England boss Gareth Southgate said. “But to win big matches there’s a huge amount of qualities that are needed. It’s not just about talent. You’ve got to have know-how and awareness.”
“They tested us tactically without the ball to such a high level, with the movement and runs they made, the techniques, so the reading of the game and communication on the pitch is vital. That group of players has played together a lot and on those nights it’s vital,” he added. “Of course, we want to try to develop others and bring that competition and to give them the similar sorts of experiences, which indirectly Jude ended up getting. But that’s a process.”
“So many of them, when picking the team, you look at it and they’ve been to a World Cup semi-final and Euros final,” he continued. “So it’s not only the quality and experience of playing in an environment like that but the spirit they’ve got and the fact they’re going to die for each other on the pitch. What I would say is that we’ve clearly got to look after the welfare of the players.”