Sunday Mirror

Pay up, Gareth

- HARRY PRATT Sports · Soccer · Aston Villa Football Club · Birmingham (England) · Southampton F.C. · David Villa · England national football team · England · RB Leipzig · Leipzig

GARETH SOUTH­GATE should be happy to cough up the £14.95 pay-per-view fee when As­ton Villa host Southampto­n to­day.

Af­ter all, be­tween them th­ese two clubs had an amaz­ing 14 English play­ers in their start­ing line-ups last week­end.

No won­der Saints boss Ralph Hasen­huttl reck­ons he and Villa coun­ter­part Dean Smith are do­ing their bit for the Three Lions cause – and South­gate would be get­ting value for money tun­ing in.

The Aus­trian coach in­sists the Eng­land boss can also re­lax when it comes to el­i­gi­ble young­sters with world-class po­ten­tial be­ing able to break into a Premier League packed with for­eign names. Ex-RB Leipzig coach Hasen­huttl (right) de­clared: “You don’t have to worry about out English foot­ball.

“There are so many tal­ents around. You see how many English play­ers are in our Acad­emy, and how driven they are to make the next step up.

“It’s not a co­in­ci­dence we have so many. We’re al­ways try­ing to de­velop young home play­ers here.

“And, yes, we have some pretty good play­ers. We like to de­liver play­ers to Gareth, if we can.”

Saints are shin­ing so far, but

Hase Hasen­huttl does not ex­pect an any sud­den de­mands from his stars to re-ne­go­ti­ate Europa League bonuses into their con­tracts – as is hap­pen­ing at Villa.

He added: “That should all have been sorted when you signed the deal. It doesn’t make sense dur­ing the sea­son to think about what rank you can have at the end of a sea­son.”

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