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Southgate warns England stars to behave during Euros
LONDON: Gareth Southgate has warned his England squad to behave during Euro 2020 after several of his players were involved in disciplinary issues this season.
England boss Southgate was frustrated to have to deal with the fall-out from Manchester United defender Harry Maguire’s arrest following a street scuffle while on holiday in Greece.
Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden and Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood broke coronavirus protocols while on England duty in Iceland and were subsequently sent home.
With the delayed Euro 2020 less than two months away, Southgate wants to be able to prepare for the matches without any off-field dramas.
“We’ve had issues in the autumn. That’s always very difficult for coaches to deal with. It puts you in really difficult positions,” Southgate said on Tuesday.
“I can only compare that with March where we came in with no dramas coming into the camp. It’s just a much better environment to prepare for football.
“We were only having to makefootballdecisions,prepare the team, talk about football topics.
“That’s something I talked to the players about after the autumn. In the autumn discipline off the pitch and on the pitch created really the biggest issues for us.”
A host of England players including Jack Grealish, Kyle Walker and James Maddison have also been in trouble for flouting Covid-19 regulations this term.