Southgate excited to see England take advantage of Euro 2020 delay

Date published: Tuesday 9th June 2020 1:08 - Jonny Whitfield

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England manager Gareth Southgate expects his side to be in a better position to try and win next summer’s European Championships.

Euro 2020, which was due to be begin on Tuesday, was moved back 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Southgate, who had fitness doubts over Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford before the tournament was moved, believes an extra year of preparation for his young players could work in their favour.

“At one point we were possibly looking at being without Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane, or at the very best both of those not having a lot of football,” Southgate said on Sky Sports’ The Football Show.

“We have got certain positions where we are strong and certain positions where we don’t have that strength in depth.

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“Maybe some of those things will be better in a year’s time, but other teams will be in the same. I’m looking at the German league and people like (Kai) Havertz playing and their young players are going to develop as well.

“Difficult to predict, the age of the team you would hope would be better in a year’s time but we have to go and prove that on the pitch.”

If the tournament remains in the same format, England will play all of their group games at Wembley and then the semi-final and final if they get that far.

Southgate, who has experience of playing in a home tournament, hopes his side can use that to their advantage.

“If the tournament is in the same format as was proposed for this year, and we don’t know that every city will be able to host, that is something that seems to be decided, we have an advantage in our group matches,” he said.

“But so do Italy, who play their games in Rome, Spain play in Bilbao, Holland play in Amsterdam. It’s only a true advantage in the latter stages of the competition, semi-final, final, if we are good enough to get to that point. But without doubt we have to view it positively.”

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