02-Dec-2017 22:29:24 | Guardian
The manager has steeled his side for shared hardship to win through at the World Cup and wants a team of leaders rather than one set captain
If anything about last month’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil set a resounding tone for Gareth Southgate it was the way in which, deprived of meaningful possession in the latter, his makeshift side weathered a storm. Few World Cup contenders travel far into the tournament without getting through choppy waters at some point: the task now, particularly with Belgium such an imposing rival for Group G supremacy next summer, is to ensure England are conditioned to master such punishing circumstances when it counts.
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