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|Gareth Southgate's England revolution at World Cup 2018
| sbo222 As the Gareth Southgate love-in around the world intensifies, our reporter in the England camp Anton Toloui takes a look at just how he has steered a team from Iceland disaster to a World Cup semi-final.
Quiet ruthlessnessMany managers would have been loyal to the players and system that had seen England top their World Cup qualifying group and despite Southgate telling reporters he was happy with the team, his revolution began the next month during the friendlies against Brazil and Germany.Gone were the likes of Joe Hart, Chris Smalling, Daniel Sturridge, Ryan Bertrand and Michael Keane and in came younger players, along with a tactical switch.
Southgate had surmised the three-at-the-back, play it from the back philosophy would only be possible with a new crop of players, hence the reliance on Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire, Jesse Lingard and others.Many would be criticised for taking risks so close to a World Cup. Southgate instead backed himself and is reaping the rewards.
Tactical changesbo222 It's argued England don't have players with the technical ability of Brazil, Germany and Spain so why try to compete in the same way?. Southgate thinks that mantra is daft and went about selecting a system he thought could eventually get England competing at the top level.Before the tournament, the manager admitted he picked a system first - fitting the players around it. He has defenders that will play the ball from the back, high energy wing-backs adept at crossing and a fluid front-four offering pace, movement and skill.
Pride and passionEvery manager demands 100 per cent from their players and every fan wants their heroes to truly mean it when they kiss the badge. Southgate has made it his job to focus on what it takes to get that pride and passion.The former Villa defender experienced the highs and lows of playing for his country during a period where players were criticised for not caring about the fabled Three Lions.
sbo222 Let's be honest, taking well-paid players away from their clubs and families for long stretches to play games where they feel fans will turn on them at the first sight of failure is far from an attractive proposition.Little things like days with the Marines, the squad watching Bobby Moore documentaries and community work has helped show playing for your country is more than a chore, it's an honour.