Ferdinand wants Southgate to remain England boss if?

Ferdinand wants Southgate to remain England boss if?

The England boss said: "I think people can see there is a humility about the group, and there is absolutely no reason why they shouldn't be either by the way".

"We fly out tomorrow, so it'll be good to get on with it now". We are our own team, we have our own identity and we just have to look forward and enjoy it.

Southgate was speaking on Monday morning at St George's Park, where he waved off referee Martin Atkinson from ahead of a charity bike ride to Russian Federation.

They also face Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 and Belgium in Kaliningrad four days later.

"Ultimately, we know we'll be judged on results - but we have to focus on the processes".

The Saudis qualified from a pretty ordinary looking qualifying group, although it has to be said that the fact they finished above Australia suggests they can be capable of causing an upset on their day.

"It's going to be a gruelling adventure but we're very proud of what they are all doing".

England wrapped up their St George's Park camp preparations by staging an internal match on the Sir Bobby Charlton Pitch.

Southgate, who experienced the pitfalls of worldwide football when he missed a penalty in the shootout loss to old foes Germany in the Euro '96 semi-finals hosted in England, did not wish to heighten expectations which have so often been a crushing burden for the national side.

However, impressive displays in warm-up wins over Nigeria and Costa Rica have given some hope that England could win a knockout game for the first time at any major tournament for 12 years.

"We didn't want a third game", the former defender said last month. You've got your minutes. "But for us it's to play attacking football, to score, and that's important", he said.

"But a couple of them went flying into tackles and you're thinking "bloody hell", and you're just jumping out the way of things".

He told reporters: "We have been practising penalties, not every session, but every now and then the coaches will throw it in at the end of the session when we are maybe a little bit worn out in games after extra-time, the lads are exhausted, that's when it's going to happen".

"So, there's a balance of how much you think you need physically, and how much mentally the players, do they want another game?"

"I was a big Beckham fan growing up, obviously it's well known that he's from the same area and we went to the same school".

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