Southgate: “Soon I will have to choose Championship players”

Southgate: “Soon I will have to choose Championship players”


Globalization, very little for Gareth.

While the BBC reports that 32% of Premier League players are selectable at the Three LionsGareth Southgate is concerned to see this figure drop year after year: “It’s not progressing, worries Southgate. Yes, it’s around 32%, but that’s down from 35% when I took over, or 38% in previous years. The graph is clear. » In office since 2016, the coach added, with uncertain irony:“Maybe soon I should choose players from Championship (English D2) or elsewhere. »

Definitely comfortable with the numbers, Southgate supported his point by recalling that 80% of players who signed in the Premier League in January were foreigners. “Today I think we have four left backs in the Premier League so we have to start looking elsewhere”added the English coach, who looks enviously at France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Brazil, quinté in the order of this classification.

As long as he does not have to draw from the XV of the Rose, everything is fine.

Gary Lineker, consultant hors terrain

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