Gareth Southgate believes Germany are the ideal inspiration for the England squad ahead of their friendly in Dortmund on Wednesday.
England face the world champions at Signal Iduna Park in Southgate’s first match since being confirmed as Sam Allardyce’s successor. Southgate outlined his long-term plans for the England team in a presentation at St George’s Park on Monday, which was well received by the players.
And speaking ahead of the meeting with Joachim Low’s side, Southgate called on his squad to adopt the samewinning mentality that has driven Germany to success.
“It’s the first opportunity I have had to work with the team, with the knowledge that there’s a longer term plan,” Southgate said.
“So, I think it was important for the players to have an understanding of what drives me, the type of standards that I think we have to set, what’s possible but also the reality of where we are.”
“That’s not just this group of players, but as a country over the last few years.”We have to change how we do things- we have to change the way we think, we have to change the way we work – because we have not had the same success that our opponents have had over such a consistent period of time.”
“So, in that respect, they [Germany] are a great model for us to look at. We are not looking to copy anybody, but you have to respect the way they have continually reached semi-finals, finals and won things.”