Gareth Southgate is optimistic that England will be able to unite in Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate hopes that England’s performance at the European Championship would serve as a catalyst for unity, reminding people of the country’s “strong nation” status.
The Three Lions face Croatia at Wembley on Sunday in the postponed Euro 2020.
Some fans have booed players who have taken a knee in protest of racial injustice ahead of friendlies against Austria and Romania in the build-up to the tournament.
Manager Southgate wants to put an end to the division and asked the country to strive for the unity demonstrated during the coronavirus pandemic’s early stages.
“I believe it is past time for the country to unite. He told BBC One, “That’s how I perceive it.”
“It’s fantastic if the squad can be a catalyst for it.
“I believe the England team is frequently a catalyst for bringing people together, communities together, and families together, so of course we want to play well, win, and thrill people in the process of doing so, but not all of that falls on us.
“There has been a lot of division, and we need to remember what a strong island we are, what a powerful nation we are, and the tremendous traits we possess.
There were moments early on in the pandemic when people came together in such a powerful way, and I believe it is something we should always strive for.
“There were moments early on in the pandemic when people came together in such a powerful way, and I believe it is something we should always strive for.”
Because players from Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United had little time off due to their involvement in European finals late in the domestic season, Southgate decided against fielding full-strength squads in those friendlies.
The former defender admits the scenario was far from ideal, but believes that, in order to advance to the final phases of the competition, giving time for rehabilitation took precedence.
“Normally, in one of those games, you’d want to play the core of your team, and we felt that way. (This is a brief piece.)