Gareth Southgate reveals that he is adopting a style from former Manchester United coach, Sir Alex Ferguson in managing two England teenage talents Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
England started 2019 in great vibe by beating the Czech Republic 5-0 in Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier to add to their past success of attaining World Cup semi-finals and this summer’s inaugural UEFA Nations League Finals.
The talents, Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho blazed with the opener, while the U17 World-Cup winner Hudson-Odoi and Declan Rice dazzled in their debuts.
Speaking ahead of Monday’s Group A clash in Montenegro via Sky Sports, Southgate said:
“We’ve got competition for places and I think with attacking players anyway they mature very young, and they can go in very young.”
“So it’s not an issue to play them, and really we’ve found another player that we really liked [in Hudson-Odoi], but we weren’t certain that he’d be able to adapt to this level, and we’re a bit fortunate in finding him, in that we probably wouldn’t have done that in this camp.
“We’d have given him a bit longer in the U21s. But already he’s proved in this environment that he can more than cope.”
Southgate believes that the same way Ferguson got the best out of Ryan Gigs is the same way he has decided to give England youngsters a chance to shine.
“I think that comes into everything: how much we expose them to the public, how much we put them into commercial situations,” Southgate said of their responsibility to young players.
“We’ve got to be thinking about all of that all of the time because it’s very easy for them to enjoy these moments, and they’ve got to enjoy these moments, but equally, there’s a good balance.
“I always think of Sir Alex with Ryan and how he did that so well. They had sustained success because of that.
“So, although they’re not our player on a day-to-day basis, I think we’ve got a responsibility to do that as much as we can, because also we’re putting them onto another level and we’ve got to make sure we get the balance right for the club, but most importantly for the player.”
“It’s an amazing feeling playing with him.I have always played with him through the youth, so it is nice to have a close friend with me. I am sure he will be proud of making his debut at Wembley, his family will be proud of him and I am just happy that everyone is doing well.
“It just shows that if you give youngsters a chance, they have got something to prove and Callum is doing that at Chelsea and that is why he is in the squad, because the coach believes in him. He was very good on one v ones and that is what we need in the England team.”