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Gareth Southgate plans for Euro 2020 

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England’s boss Gareth Southgate has started planning for the European Championships in 2020 as the national side’s progress were halted on Wednesday by Croatia.

Southgate has already begun planning for the future as Wembley will host several matches as Euro 2020 takes place across various European cities.

“We almost have a home tournament, it’s going to be brilliant,” Southgate said as quoted by Sky Sports.

“What the players are going to experience is close to what we experienced in 1996 and in ’66. That’s incredible for everybody,”

“We did talk to them [the players] about that before, but I think it was hard for them to really get it, most of them weren’t born in 1990 and they were too young for ’96.

“So they haven’t felt what the nation really getting excited about the team feels like. They’ve seen that now.”

The Three Lions will return to Birmingham Airport after their match against Belgium alongside Southgate who plans return to work at St George’s Park next week before going on holiday even though he accepts they may never recover from their World Cup exit

“We were 20 minutes from a World Cup final – that is going to live with me forever, there is no doubt about that.

“I’m conscious I’ve got to raise everybody but I’m up watching the game at four o’clock on Friday morning.

“I’m old enough now that I don’t have to beat myself up unnecessarily. I think when I was a player I had a very simplistic mindset. I’m a lot more rational now. I can see what we have achieved.

“Your responsibilities lay elsewhere as a manager. It’s different [from being a player] but no less painful, for sure. I’ve also got to get everyone else through the next few days.”

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