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Gareth Southgate sounds Wales warning as he admits largest England choice headache


Gareth Southgate has warned his England gamers they should be prepared for one more Battle of Britain in Doha.

Southgate admits they at all times believed both Wales or Scotland would make the World Cup and now says they need to put together for Gareth Bale and Co. to lift their sport in opposition to England.

Wales clinched their place with a play-off win over Ukraine and it means a rematch after they met England at Euro 2016. Southgate warned Scotland gave them a significant scare in final yr’s Euros and derby matches at all times produce surprises.

The Three Lions boss mentioned: “We anticipated one of many British groups to get via. We thought it could be extremely arduous for Ukraine emotionally with every part that they had been via to win.

“I believe firstly they’ve some high quality gamers and a few actually good younger gamers coming via. We all know there are many groups we might have performed in that play-off draw that don’t like us significantly in order that definitely provides to the way in which the opposition strategy the sport.

“There may be historical past there, is not there, so we’d be silly not to pay attention to that and never knowledgeable of that. You play a staff which are impressed to a different degree.



Wales have qualified for this year's World Cup and will face England in Group B
Wales have certified for this yr’s World Cup and can face England in Group B

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“That is what we had in opposition to Scotland within the Euros and I do not see that being any completely different with Wales, who even have some excellent gamers. They’re the place they’re, they’ve had massive outcomes over a protracted time period, not least a superb run within the Euros as nicely, in order that’s going to be extraordinarily robust for us when it comes round.

“I believe each sport is completely different. We performed Scotland at Wembley beforehand once they weren’t in a assured second and we received fairly comfortably.

“We then went to Hampden and had an actual humdinger that ended 2-2 the place we have been on the finish of the season and we didn’t play significantly nicely. We discovered a hell of so much that day, that’s for positive. That’s the wonderful thing about these experiences – they add to the information of the staff.”

In the meantime, Southgate admitted his defensive points are inflicting him his largest choice headache.

Southgate has struggled to choose his first-choice defence and continues to be uncertain whether or not he ought to use a again three on the World Cup in six months’ time. England have been beset by accidents however the again line can have a extra acquainted look about it as each John Stones and Harry Maguire will begin in opposition to Germany.

Southgate mentioned: “That’s at all times been a little bit of a fear. Going into the Euros we had Maguire out, Stones had missed plenty of the season with Manchester Metropolis.

“So we have been nonetheless not sure whether or not we’d be capable to play with a again 4 as a result of they have been our first two centre-backs. Do we’d like the choices? As a result of Kyle Walker can develop into a 3rd centre-back, or any individual else of that sort of profile.

“France left Ibrahima Konate out the squad they usually’ve received Wesley Fofana within the Underneath-21s.The depth is phenomenal now. Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi and Ben White, that’s why we’ve introduced them into the squad, we consider they will begin to push.

“However we’ve misplaced them for these first two video games, in order that’s a bit irritating, however there’s nonetheless time for them and in addition past this World Cup for all of these guys as nicely.”



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