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Southgate wants England to perform as their Euro 96

Fri 11 June 2021 | 11:26

Opening their Euro 2020 campaign on June 13 in a match against Croatia at Wembley Stadium, The Three Lions have a squad of talented players that reminds their boss Terry Venables' squad which engrossed the nation during Euro 96.

Back in Euro 96, the current England boss,

Gareth Southgate

, played every single minute at the heart of Venables' defense. Despite a brilliant performance from the Three Lions, they were eliminated by

Germany

in a penalty shoot-out. Germany won the Euro 96 title after defeating the

Czech Republic

in the finals.

Recalling his memories from the tournament, Southgate wants his squad to recreate the magic which united the country as the tournament progressed.

"The spirit of the team, we are growing that now. That spirit that the public found, the way the tournament grew, the involvement of the fans grew, that is what we want to generate this summer," he told

Sky Sports

.

"We had some outstanding leaders in the Euro 96 squad. There were a lot of experienced players, I was a captain of my club but there was also Tony Adams, Stuart Pearce, Paul Ince, Teddy Sheringham, David Platt, all captains at their clubs.

"We had people who stood up in the big moments and fought together. As with any tournament, you have lads who are not playing in the games and they played their role really well. It's a hard role but they gave themselves to the team."

 

The Sky Sports pundit,

Gary Neville

, remembers being in awe of the pep talks from

Stuart Pearce

and

Tony Adams

in the dressing room before the matches.

He said: "I wish I could have taken a film with a camera phone of Pearce and Adams before the games. I wish people could see it, it would make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up to see how proud they were to play for England. Those three lions on their chest, the feeling of pride in their country.

"I couldn't communicate it like they could but I love this country. I've never said it much before, at that period I felt more proud to be English than any other point in my life. Pearce would stand up, Adams would be doing tackles against the concrete wall, it was old school!

"The big thing I remember as a young player is Stuart Pearce saying to me 'this is as good as it gets'. I don't know whether that was to inspire me or kill me because my career with England was never going to get any better, but it was true as well.

"I get goosebumps thinking about the moments when we scored against Scotland, Gazza's goal, or the night against the Netherlands, it was an out-of-body experience."

 


source: Sky Sports

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