England national team head coach Gareth Southgate insists the team must get used to being favorites following the Euro 2020 qualifiers draw.
The Three Lions have been drawn into what is considered to be the easiest group which also includes Czech Republic, Kosovo, Montenegro and Bulgaria, and widely expected to win the group.
“We’re favourites, and that’s something we’ve got to start getting used to anyway,” Southgate said, according to NBC.
”We’re going to have high expectations over the next few years, and adapting to that is probably key to our development as a team now.”
“We should win the group. But if you don’t play well on any given day, you drop points and that is the reality of dealing with those sorts of matches. Nobody’s going to expect me to stand there and say it’s done already and we should just prepare for 18 months’ time.”
“I think that’s where the competition for places is really important, because if our players think there’s comfort from the fixtures, then there isn’t comfort for a position in the team or in the squad. And that means that the motivation for training every day, which is what you take into your games, is really high.”