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Gareth Southgate using criticism to 'fuel' England's Euro 2024 campaign

Gareth Southgate using criticism to 'fuel' England's Euro 2024 campaign

Gareth Southgate is using personal criticism as "fuel" in his bid to lead England to glory at Euro 2024.

The Three Lions progressed to their third major tournament semi-final under Southgate by beating Switzerland on penalties at the weekend and the coach is determined to silence the doubts that have come from both fans and pundits.

Southgate said: "I can’t deny that some of the personal nature, you know...

"This is a job where you get ridiculed, and your professional capability is questioned beyond belief, and I don’t think it’s normal to have beer thrown at you either.

"But I’m fortunate that my life’s taken me through a lot of resilience-building and it’s made me more determined and I’m just using it as fuel. I know where I want to take the team to. The team need to see me strong in those moments as well, otherwise that messaging that you’re giving them on what they need to be, it doesn’t ring true."

Southgate has led England to the semi-finals in three of his four tournaments as manager and he credits the players for no longer being "satisfied" by getting to the quarter-finals.

He said: "The difference is we arrive in a quarter-final, we’re not satisfied with that, so there is definitely a mindset shift in what we feel is acceptable as a team.

"Within that it’s knockout football. The margins are so fine. That can easily tip the other way and it’s a different story but those teams that have won consistently, they have that mindset, they’re not just satisfied with being in quarter-finals, they’re pushing on and that’s what we have to continue. This isn’t where we want it to end."

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