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We won the World Cup! The question is,

can the England senior team emulate the

incredible success of the U17s at next

year’s event?

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.

As ever, we welcome your feedback on all the issues covered here, so please

get in touch at

Have a merry Christmas and a very

happy New Year!

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