Bertrand hails Southgate’s handling of England egos

Date published: Saturday 25th March 2017 6:45

Ryan Bertrand has praised Gareth Southgate’s man-management skills, saying players are thriving in the age of accountability.

Since taking over, initially on a temporary basis following Sam Allardyce’s messy departure, Southgate has made a point of empowering players, asking them to make decisions for themselves on and off the pitch and sharing the media duties around.

In days gone by the England manager would be accompanied before a match by the captain or a player with of significant seniority, but Southgate has involved a rotating cast in a bid to encourage shared responsibility.

“It’s been a breath of fresh air to be part of an England team where he gives us the mantle,” said Bertrand.

“We leave no stone unturned, tactically, but he also allows us to express ourselves and encourages us to do that.

“There’s more responsibility within the group. Every time we have meetings, it’s very mutual. Thoughts are shared between the team and the coaching staff. We’re encouraged to dissect things and come to conclusions ourselves, reflect as a whole rather than being solely led by the manager.”

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