Gareth Southgate pumps up his English stars with motivational film at an inspiring team meeting as Luke Shaw reveals they are already practicing penalties for the European Championship
Gareth Southgate urged his team to create their own English legacies on Tuesday when he showed them a motivational video at an inspiring team meeting.
On the first day of England’s Euros camp in St George’s Park, Southgate gathered his players and promptly showed them an internal film showing some of the team’s best moments.
Southgate addressed players and asked them to reflect on their own personal memories of past tournaments involving England, and said they should use those memories as fuel for the European Championship.
Gareth Southgate showed his English stars a motivational film at an inspiring meeting
The England boss also asked players to remember their childhood by collecting stickers or coins during major tournaments.
All 26 players received their own commemorative cap to mark their place in England’s history. They are the first players to receive the memento. All senior debutants will receive the legacy cap from September.
Luke Shaw said: ‘The video was about the players from the past and how important they were to this country.
“There was something about us at the end of the video. The video was very inspiring.
“You felt like watching that video gave you a lot of confidence and faith. I looked around the whole group and felt like everyone had that same feeling.”
Southgate gathered its players and made them watch a film featuring some of England’s greatest moments
Luke Shaw revealed England are already taking penalties in pre-tournament training training
After a grueling season, there are concerns that fatigue could play a major factor during the European Championship.
But Shaw insists the squad is ready to put their bodies on the line, adding that fatigue cannot be used as an excuse.
He said: ‘Obviously it’s been a grueling season, but when it comes to a big tournament, the fatigue goes out the window. You want to give your life for this team, everything you have to make the whole nation happy. Fatigue isn’t really an option.’
Shaw also revealed that the team has already started practicing penalty kicks ahead of the tournament.
After a terrible run of shootouts, England have won the last two – and Shaw added: ‘To win tournaments, we have to be ready for shootouts.
“The last two we’ve had, we’ve won, which is positive, but we’re definitely going to practice them no matter how far into the knockout phase. We have to be ready and practice makes perfect.’