Southgate – Complacency not an issue for England

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.”

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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.”

 

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