Southgate outlines England dream



Gareth Southgate has revealed his dream to help England produce ‘more quality players and coaches’ in his role at the Football Association.

The former Middlesbrough boss has been brought in by the FA to work alongside Sir Trevor Brooking as the head of elite development.

Southgate, who won’t have anything to do with Capello’s first team set up said, “If you were to ask me what the overall aim is: I would say it is to produce more quality players and coaches that will help us go out and achieve at senior level.

“My role isn’t to deal with the seniors and I think it’s important to say that. There was a lot of talk of somebody going into work with Fabio and I don’t want to be seen as that: I’m looking at a long-term role.”

He continued, “On the back of the disappointment in South Africa, Sir Trevor asked lots of people from within the game to come together at the end of last year to review three main areas of development: coach education; the development of young players from 5-16 ; and the elite [youth] teams at international level.

“How we improve that experience and how we get more players through to give the manager the best resources to do the job. My job is to really help Trevor implement the recommendations from that report.”

Southgate admitted that England’s success in the future would be based on how well the country adopts other nation’s philosophies when it comes to youth development.

He said, “I think the country is ready for a change in philosophy. We all see Spanish and Italian football and we’re a lot more aware of what goes on around the rest of Europe.

“I think everybody’s keen that we embrace that in England. We need to change the skills that we give our younger players so that when they become available for first-team level they’re comfortable on the ball and our philosophy of play is one that can help us to win at the highest international level.

“I think we’re all aware that being a lot stronger technically is crucial to that.”

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