Monday 16 July 2018

Southgate and Walker criticise media

England manager Gareth Southgate has hit out at the British media. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters
England manager Gareth Southgate has hit out at the British media. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Gareth Southgate and Kyle Walker have hit out at the British media after pictures of England's planned team for the World Cup clash with Panama tomorrow were published, with assistant manager Steve Holland walking around training with the line-up written on a piece of paper.

The team, which could be seen clearly during England's training session on Thursday, has led manager Southgate to query whether the media are behind England's World Cup campaign, while Walker suggested the pictures should not have been published.

"It doesn't bother me in the slightest," Southgate said on Talksport. "It is a squad of 23 names on the sheet, the next sheet has different players in different positions because we swap people in and swap people out. The stories are then run as they are. For me, no drama.

"Obviously any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it's a disadvantage to us. So of course our media has to decide whether they want to help the team or not."

Speaking shortly after Southgate, Walker said: "I think if you guys try to keep it to yourself and don't bring it out to the world, because it's not going to help us come the later stages of the tournament, please God we get there.

"As I say, you guys have to do your little bit, so if you could just please help us with that it would be polite."

Irish Independent

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