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Emily Rolfe and Laura Middlehurst
We won the World Cup! The question is,
can the England senior team emulate the
incredible success of the U17s at next
Having achieved an unbeaten run of qualifiers with his England side, manager
Gareth Southgate has certainly demonstrated that they deserve their
place at Russia 2018.
The England manager and LMA president has a unique perspective on
the task in hand, having spent nine years playing for the national side and
three years managing the England U21s before taking the top job in 2016.
What’s more, his part in the England story has been played out entirely
at St. George’s Park, the national football centre having opened its gates
five years ago this autumn, a year before his appointment with the U21s.
Southgate has seen first hand the full impact of the central hub on all
levels of the national game. “Howard Wilkinson had a very clear plan of how
he thought the national football centre should evolve and his concept was
absolutely right,” he says. “It is fundamental to the successful development
of English football. As soon as the players arrive here we want them to
feel part of England, and the same applies to coaches coming here to
extend their learning. There has to be an emotional hit when you come to
SGP to join your team mates or colleagues, because that’s the essence of
representing your country, that pride and honour.” Read more about how he
is harnessing these very personal feelings in our interview on page 10.
Elsewhere in this edition we bring you a typically eclectic mix of inspirational
leaders, among them Stuart Worden, head teacher at the BRIT School,
England rugby’s Eddie Jones and COO of Castrol Mandhir Singh.
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