GARETH SOUTHGATE has set out ‘powerful’ plans to make England the best team in the world.
Ahead of his first match in permanent charge of the national team the manager made a presentation to his players outlining his vision for the future.
Injured skipper Wayne Rooney was invited but stayed in Manchester for treatment as Southgate addressed his squad ahead of tomorrow’s friendly with world champions Germany in Dortmund, when England will debut their new blue away kit.
Southgate spoke of the need for English football to shed its island mentality, with Germany the role models for the improvements required.
England new boy James Ward-Prowse said: ‘It was a very powerful message. We want to establish ourselves as a top team in the world.
‘So it is all about plugging away at those goals and making sure that what we do now stands us in good stead for when we reach major tournaments.’
The Southampton star added: ‘We want to be the best in the world. If you want to win major tournaments, you’ve got to become that sort of team.’
Recalled striker Jermain Defoe was ‘really impressed’ with the presentation and in no doubt Southgate ‘is, for me, the perfect man for the job’.