Gareth Southgate Admits to Taking Inspiration from Sir Alex Ferguson in Handling England Starlets

?England manager Gareth Southgate has admitted to taking inspiration from Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure at Manchester United on handling the nation’s young prospects such as Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Sancho, 18, provided his second assist in an England shirt to set up Raheem Sterling for his first goal during the 5-0 win against the Czech Republic on Friday in their first Euro 2020 qualifier, while Hudson-Odoi’s introduction from the bench made him the Three Lions’ youngest ever debutante in a competitive game (18y 135d).

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Southgate’s decision to promote young players to the senior squad has been widely praised, with the 48-year-old revealing that he wants to adopt a similar approach to that of Ferguson at ?United and the ‘Class of 92’ in helping them manage matters both on and off the field.

As quoted by ?BBC Sport, Southgate said: “I always think of Sir Alex with Ryan Giggs. He did that so well and they had sustained success because of that. I think that comes into everything: how much we expose them to the public, how much we put them into commercial situations.

“We’ve got to be thinking about all of that all of the time because it’s very easy for them to enjoy these moments, and they’ve got to enjoy them, but equally there’s a good balance.

“So, although they’re not our player on a day-to-day basis, I think we’ve got a responsibility to do that as much as we can, because also we’re putting them on to another level and we’ve got to make sure we get the balance right for the club, but most importantly for the player.”

Hudson-Odoi’s England debut came after making 18 senior appearances for ?Chelsea this season under Maurizio Sarri, with recent reports ?linking the winger with a move to Manchester United in order to receive more playing time.

Southgate however has called for the 18-year-old to remain patient at Stamford Bridge, believing more opportunities will come for the youngster.

As quoted by ?The Metro, he said: “If you look at number of appearances, he has actually been on the field quite a lot. And I know from when we were talking with the club earlier in the season how much faith Maurizio has in him.

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“He has got some outstanding players just in front of him but he’s slowly getting more and more game time. ‘So, I think he’s maturing well. There doesn’t need to be a rush for him.”

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Callum Hudson-Odoi’s Senior England Debut Sees Chelsea Attacker Break 64-Year Record

?Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi became the youngest player to make their competitive debut for England’s senior team since Duncan Edwards in 1955 following his appearance from the substitutes bench in the Three Lions’ 5-0 win against the Czech Republic.

The 64-year-old record was broken in the 70th minute of England’s European Championship qualifying opener at Wembley on Friday, as the 18-year-old replaced hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling.

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As reported by ?Goal, Hudson-Odoi beat former ?Manchester United forward Edwards record by 48 days, as he achieved his first cap on Friday night at the age of 18 years and 135 days.

The winger had been called up to the senior squad from the Under-21 side following a succession of withdrawals from manager Gareth Southgate’s original squad for the matches against Czech Republic and Montenegro.


The youngster also made an impact during his first senior outing for Gareth Southgate’s side, playing a key role in their fifth goal of the match as his late effort was saved by Czech goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka onto Tomas Kalas.

Hudson-Odoi was one of two 18-year-olds to finish the match for England on Friday night at Wembley, with ?Borussia Dortmund’s young prodigy Jadon Sancho also forming part of a youthful attack. It was the first time that two players aged 18 or younger have played in an England international since a match against Wales in 1881.

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Jadon Sancho marked his fourth senior England appearance by playing an integral role in Gareth Southgate’s team’s sizeable victory, setting up ?Raheem Sterling’s opener in the 24th minute of the match.

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Chelsea, Arsenal and Roma Linked With Moves for Lille Sporting Director Luis Campos

?Chelsea, Arsenal and Roma are all reportedly hopeful of hiring Lille sporting director Luis Campos during the summer. 

The Premier League sides will face stiff competition from Serie A team Roma for Campos’ services, following his role in Lille’s impressive domestic campaign this season with the club currently sitting in second in Ligue 1 and looking likely to qualify for the Champions League. 

Lille’s performances have been seen as mightily impressive considering the French side only avoided the relegation play-off last season by a single point.

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Campos was also the sporting director at AS Monaco during the 2016/17 season, in which Leonardo Jardim’s pipped Paris Saint Germain to the Ligue 1 title and also progressed to the Champions League semi finals before losing 4-1 on aggregate to ?Juventus.

According to ?TuttoMercatoWeb, the European trio will look to appoint Campos at the end of the season, with ?Arsenal and Roma in particular looking towards the Portuguese after Roma’s former sporting director Monchi left the Italian capital to join Sevilla, favouring the Spanish side over a move to Arsenal.

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Campos can also boast a spell as a scout at Spanish giants ?Real Madrid during his career, as well as a stint as a manager at several Portuguese clubs such as Beira-Mar and Gil Vicente.

The 54-year-old is also accredited with the discovery of several well known European talents such as PSG’s ?Kylian Mbappe, ?Manchester United’s ?Anthony Martial and ?Manchester City’s ?Bernardo Silva.

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Campos’ additions to Lille’s current squad include former ?Southampton players Jose Fonte and Jeremy Pied as well as former ??Chelsea striker Loic Remy.

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Cagliari President Claims Napoli & Chelsea Target Nicolo Barella Was Never Close to January Exit

Cagliari president Tomasso Guilini has revealed that Chelsea and Napoli both expressed an interest in the club’s prized asset Nicolo Barella in January. 

The Serie A side are braced for further bids but Guilini also warned clubs they’d better be prepared to pay in excess of 50m. 

The Cagliari youth product first caught the attention of rival managers after an impressive campaign last season. Current Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri flagged the midfield star up at former club Napoli and may have to go head to head with his old employers for his signature. 

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Barella has quickly risen to become a regular starter for the Italian national side in the past year, which has attracted further interest from some of Europe’s top clubs. 

“I cannot deny that there was concrete interest from Napoli in January. Maurizio Sarri also wanted him at Chelsea,” Guilini told Corriere dello Sport, as quoted by Football Italia“[But] Barella was never close to a January exit.”

Guilini rates Barella very highly, comparing his style to Inter star Radja Nainggolan. He added: “It’s banal to make the comparison, but he does remind me of Radja Nainggolan, even if Nicolò is more technically-gifted than Radja.”

Nicolo Barella

“I don’t know what his future holds, but he is a player who can grow a great deal more. We hope he can continue to do that while wearing our jersey. Next year it is his beloved Cagliari’s Centenary. It’ll take more than €50m.”

The versatile 22-year-old has become one of the hottest young stars in Serie A for intelligence and composure beyond his years. Barella won consecutive Italian Young Player of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013, drawing comparisons to Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard. 

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Serie A Giants Lining Up Move for Maurizio Sarri if Chelsea Fire Ex-Napoli Boss

?Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is reportedly being lined up for the Roma hot seat should he be shown the door at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian has failed to build on his good start to life in England and is now feeling the heat more than ever after a below par season for the club’s extremely high standards.

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Former ?Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri was appointed as Roma’s interim head coach until the end of the season and, according to Goal, the ?Serie A club have expressed an interest in replacing him with Sarri should Roman Abramovich axe the 60-year-old.

Sarri’s future in west London looks in the balance after a rather unsuccessful season to date, but he can revive some trust if he delivers ?Champions League football to Chelsea next season.

The Blues currently sit sixth in the Premier League, three points behind fourth-placed ?Arsenal, and their 8-0 aggregate win over Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League makes them strong contenders for lifting some European silverware.

However, with Abramovich’s cut-throat managerial policy looming large, the Italian is already walking on thin ice in 2019 after missing out on Carabao Cup success to ?Manchester City and performances in the league have dwindled with a recent 2-0 loss to ?Everton.

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Add to that the serious questions marks raised over Sarri’s control over the squad – following his spat with Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in that cup final loss – and the discontent shown amongst the Chelsea faithful about ‘Sarri-ball’.

A key relationship in pushing the deal forward is between Sarri and Roma advisor and former ?Tottenham Hotspur technical director Franco Baldini, with the pair growing close during? Napoli’s signing of Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches from Spurs.

Sarri’s close ties with those at Roma would put him as one of the favourites to take over at the Stadio Olimpico but he has denied there was a deal in place to take him to Italy.

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“I have a contract with Chelsea for the next two seasons, so it is impossible to have another contract,” he said. “I read in an Italian newspaper something about a meeting with Baldini but I think for the moment Franco is in South Africa, so it is very difficult.”

Given Abramovich’s impatience and the apparent discontent at Stamford Bridge, his tenure beyond this season hangs in the balance and a move to Roma could offer the Italian a chance to rebuild his reputation.

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