Don’t be afraid of Euro glory, says Southgate

Afp, London

25 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

England manager Gareth Southgate has told his players they should not be afraid to voice their ambition of winning Euro 2020 as he prepares to name his squad.

England, who reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, were crowned world champions on home soil in 1966 but their record in tournaments since then has been patchy.

Southgate's side host Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic in next month's group matches, which are being held across Europe. The semi-finals and final are also being held at Wembley.

He will name his 26-man tournament squad on Tuesday, with the England chief acutely aware of how the pressures and expectations will now rapidly ratchet up.

"I said ahead of the World Cup in Russia, we wanted the country to have pride in the team, and I think we achieved that," he said.

England's overall European Championship record is poor -- they have only once reached the last four, at Euro 96, which they also hosted.