Southgate – Complacency not an issue for England

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Gareth Southgate manager of England during the UEFA Nations League A group four match between England and Croatia at Wembley Stadium on November 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

England manager Gareth Southgate believes his side will not get complacent after they “avoided some big names” in the Euro 2020 qualifying draw.

England were lucky to avoid big names as they were drawn in Group A alongside the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Kosovo, but Gareth Southgate insists there is enough motivation in the squad for the qualifiers.

“We have avoided some big teams, so we have to make sure our preparation for these sort of games is spot on,” Southgate told Sky Sports.

“When you play some of the lesser-known countries, motivation for them to play against England is massive.

“Especially the games away from home, there can be very intense atmospheres, but we are in a good moment as a team and we want to keep that momentum going.”

STOKE, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Former England football player Sir Geoff Hurst attends the funeral of 1966 World Cup and former Stoke City Goalkeeper Gordon Banks on March 04, 2019 in Stoke, England. Gordon Banks, considered one of the finest goalkeepers of all time, had a career in football spanning 20 years and 73 caps for England. He started every game of England's successful 1966 World Cup title bid. His greatest save came in the 1970 World Cup against Brazil when he stopped a downward header from Pele. He played club football for Leicester and then Stoke City from where he retired. Today fellow 1966 World Cup footballer Geoff Hurst paid tribute to him during a service at Stoke Minster. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)

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The former England national team footballer lifted the trophy with the Three Lions in the 1966 edition at home.

Considering the other countries in Group A, England are expected to easily qualify, and Southgate says he trusts his players to deliver.

Southgate added: “It is not something we have seen from this group of players in the time I have worked with them.

“We have a chance to host matches at Wembley, so the motivation is high and that should make sure complacency is not part of the equation.”