Southgate: Uniting England players after Champions League final will be a "test of our management skills"

Testing time for Southgate

The 2018/19 season has certainly been one to remember and on 1st June it finally reaches its pulsating conclusion in Madrid.

For the first time in 11 years we have an all-English Champions League final, with Liverpool and Tottenham facing off at Atletico Madrid's fantastic Wanda Metropolitano for the honour of being crowned kings of Europe.

For Liverpool they're eyeing up a sixth crown, with them already the most successful British club in the competitions history. Whilst Tottenham on the other hand have reached the final of European footballs elite competition for the first time.

We're all set for an absolute belter of a contest in the Spanish capital and emotions are certainly going to be running high, but it's vital for the rest of England that once that full-time whistle goes, they can start to resolve their differences.

Just 6 days later many of the Liverpool & Tottenham players will become teammates for the Three Lions, as England begin their quest for UEFA Nations League glory against the Netherlands in the semi-finals.

Guimaraes (Portugal) is the host city for the big game on Thursday 6th June and should England be victorious they'll qualify for the final in Porto on the 9th. A defeat would see them play in the third place play-off on Saturday 8th. This is the first ever Nations League finals and it represents a fantastic opportunity for this young, vibrant England side to claim some silverware.

Gareth Southgate England
Gareth Southgate has worked wonders with England since replacing Sam Allardyce in 2016

But if they're to do that then the Liverpool and Tottenham players will have to put their differences from the final aside, so even though as neutrals we want to see a gripping, controversial final with plenty of talking points. We also want both sets of players to be gracious in the outcome so we can go on and win the Nations League!

England have made tremendous strides under Gareth Southgate over the last couple of years but even he admits that this game will provide a "test of our management skills" when speaking to BBC Radio 5 live.

"We have got to make a quick but accurate assessment on where they are over those few days. It will be a very individual thing having played in such a big game."

Last year Southgate had Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson join the World Cup squad fresh from losing the Champions League final against Real Madrid. "We had Jordan and Trent come into camp last year on the back of a big disappointment and that wasn't straightforward for them."

Gareth Bale Champions League Liverpool
Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered Champions League final heartache last season - but this seasons showpiece in Madrid will deal the squad a bigger problem

"So somebody is going to come in in that frame of mind unfortunately. It is a unique situation. I guess the Spanish manager would have had that over a period of time in the past (two recent finals have involved all-Spanish clubs) and there will be others that have had to deal with it."

"That's a test of our management skills and our collective spirit as a team. It's the biggest challenge of all to compete against each other, then leave that at the door and remember with England we are a team, we support each other."

Gareth and the management team do have a big job on their hands and if they can pull it off and win the Nations League it will be an immensely impressive achievement. England have made fantastic progress under Southgate and winning the final on 9th June would be a huge step for our young team. Go on lads, bring it home.


🔵 £40 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU PLACE A £10 BET ON THE WORLD CUP 🔵
NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY. £10 MINIMUM STAKE. ODDS OF 1/1 OR GREATER. 4 X £10 BET TOKEN. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS FOR FOOTBALL ONLY. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS AND FURTHER T&CS APPLY. 18+. BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG.
Claim Now
⚫️ BET £30 ON THE WORLD CUP & GET A £30 FREE BET FOR FOOTBALL PLUS 20 FREE SPINS! ⚫️
New customers only aged 21+. Minimum deposit £10. Qualifying bet must be placed at odds of evens (2.0) or greater. Get a matched Free bet up to £30 plus 20 Free Spins on Fishin’ Frenzy The Big Catch, credited within 24 hours. Free Bet and Spins expire in 7 days. Additional T&Cs apply. Please bet responsibly.
Claim Now
⚽️ BET £10 ON THE WORLD CUP & GET £40 IN FREE BETS FOR FOOTBALL! (MOBILE ONLY) ⚽️
Sign-up via Mobile using promo code N40 and place a bet of £10/€10 or more and we will give you 4x £10/€10 free bets. By entering the Promo code in the box above you agree to the full terms and conditions of this promotion as displayed below. See full terms below.
Claim Now
🟢 GET £35 IN FREE BETS + A £10 FOOTBALL BET BUILDER WHEN YOU BET £10 ON ON THE WORLD CUP 🟢
Place a single £10 bet on any Football market, at min. odds 1/2 (1.5) - Get £35 in Free bets on bet settlement, valid 30 days + an extra £10 Free Football Bet Builder will be available to claim from the promotions hub. Only deposits via Cards will qualify. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Claim Now
🔵 BET £10 ON THE WORLD CUP & GET A £10 FREE BET FOR FOOTBALL! 🔵
18+ / BEGAMBLEAWARE / NEW UK CUSTOMERS ONLY / £10+ DEPOSIT & BET TO QUALIFY / FREE BET VALID FOR 7 DAYS / NO E-WALLETS / PREPAID CARDS / T&CS APPLY
Claim Now
🟠 GET £30 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU PLACE A £10 FOOTBALL BET ON THE WORLD CUP + PLUS AN EXTRA £10 BET BUILDER 🟠
Place a single Sportsbook £10 bet on any Football market, at min. odds 1/2 (1.5) - Get £30 in Free bets on bet settlement, valid 30 days + an extra £10 Free Football Bet Builder will be available to claim from the promotions hub. Only deposits via Cards will qualify. T&Cs apply.
Claim Now
🟢 BET £20 ON FOOTBALL & GET £20 IN FREE BETS FOR THE WORLD CUP! 🟢
18+ New UK Customers. Must bet £20 in total on 4+ legs, min odds 3.0. £20 credited as free bets, stake not returned. T&C Apply. BeGambleAware.org.
Claim Now
🟠 BET £10 ON THE WORLD CUP & GET £20 IN FREE BETS FOR FOOTBALL! 🟠
*New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Click here for Rules & Exclusions. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org
CLAIM HERE
🟢 BET £10 ON THE WORLD CUP & GET £50 IN FREE BETS! 🟡
For new customers. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Now
⚫️ £30 MATCHED FREE BET IF YOUR FIRST ACCA LOSES + 50 BONUS SPINS ⚫️
*New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football or Horse Racing multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 50 Bonus Spins credited on placement of qualifying Acca bet.50x bonus wagering applies as do weighting requirements, bonus Spins only available on selected games and expires 7 days after being awarded. Debit card deposits only (exclusions apply). 18+. BeGambleAware.org. Bet The Responsible Way. Full terms apply. 18+.
Claim Now
🟩 BET £10 ON THE WORLD CUP & GET £30 IN FREE BETS FOR FOOTBALL 🟩
New UK, IE & Malta customers only. 18+. Min £10/€10 first deposit using Debit Card or Trustly. Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5. Free bets expire in 90 days. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Now
🟠 100% BONUS UP TO £200 ON YOUR FIRST DEPOSIT 🟠
£10 min deposit using promo code 200BONUS • The bonus will be applied once the full deposit amount has been wagered at least twice with cumulative odds of 1.50 or greater • To withdraw any winnings from your bonus, you must wager the bonus amount at least 5 times • All deposit and bonus wagering requirements must be completed within 60 days • This offer may not be combined with any other offer • Wagering limit of £50 per bet Applies • Restrictions apply to withdrawals, payment methods and countries & full T&Cs apply. 18+.
Claim Now
🟣 BET £10 ON THE WORLD CUP & GET £60 FREE BETS FOR FOOTBALL! 🟣
New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+). First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Now
🔹 GET £30 IN BONUSES FOR FOOTBALL WHEN YOU BET £5 ON THE WORLD CUP! 🔹
18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet £5 at odds 2.00+ within 7 days of registering, no cashout. Get 2x £10 Free Bets, set events at odds 2.00+. Plus a £10 Slot Bonus, selected games, wager 20x to withdraw max £250. 7 day bonus expiry. Card payments only. T&Cs apply, see below. begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Now
🟢 UP TO £40 MONEY BACK AS BONUSES FOR FOOTBALL + A £10 CASINO BONUS 🟢
18+ begambleaware.org. New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first sports bet loses. Wagering requirements: sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 50x. Unless forfeited the sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in. Visit Unibet.co.uk for full T&C's. #Ad
Claim Now
🎩 BET £5 ON ON THE WORLD CUP & GET £30 IN BONUSES! 🎩
18+ New customers only. Opt in and bet £5 on any football market at odds 2.00+ in 7 days. No cash out. Get 3x £10 football free bets for set events. Free bets expire in 7 days. Card payments only. T&Cs Apply. Begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Now
🔵 BET £10 ON THE WORLD CUP & GET £20 IN FREE BETS FOR FOOTBALL + ACCA REWARDS OF YOUR CHOICE! 🔵
New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. Mobile exclusive. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. Free bet applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. 30 days to qualify. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. 1 Free Bet offer per customer, household & IP Address only. 18+. T&C's Apply **18+. Choose either Boost or Insurance. Available for in-play/pre-match bets on selected sports. You cannot use specials, boosts, any free bet or any other promotion. A minimum of 5 selections and minimum odds of 1/5 per selection/leg to receive Acca Rewards. Minimum stake of £/€0.05. Max free bet refund of £/€20 per Acca for Insurance. Maximum bonus payout is €/£1,000 per Acca for boost. Free bets, cashed out or voided bets will not qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Now
♥️ GET £40 FREE PLAY PLUS A £10 FREE SPORTS BET FOR FOOTBALL! ♥️
1st time depositors only. Min. deposit £10. Use code FAPOKER. Free Play given as cash, Spin & Go tickets, and a Sports Free Bet over 6 days. Tickets expire after 24 hours. Withdrawal restricted during bonus period. Terms apply.
Claim Now
🔵 GET £20 IN FREE BETS FOR FOOTBALL WHEN YOU BET £5 ON THE WORLD CUP! 🔵
18+ New UK & ROI Customers only. Min deposit £5. Min first £5 bet at minimum odds 1/2 to qualify for 1x 20 free bet. Certain deposit methods and bet types excl. Free bet valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Now
🔴 GET £20 IN FREE BETS FOR FOOTBALL WHEN YOU BET £5 ON THE WORLD CUP! 🔴
18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £/€5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 4x £/€5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Now
👋 50% UP TO £50 WELCOME BONUS 👋
18+ begambleaware.org; New bettors get 50% of deposit up to £50; Once per household; Min deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Wager a total of 8 times deposit + bonus, with max qualifying bet stake equal to your initial bonus amount; Bonus expires after 60 days; Min odds of 4/5 on singles, or 2/5 per leg for acca; Some bet types excluded; See full terms; See full terms; Terms apply; 18+
Claim Now
🔷 GET £30 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £10 ON FOOTBALL 🔷
Full T&C’s Apply. New customers on mobile only. 7 days to claim and stake £10 minimum bet at odds of 1.5 or greater to qualify. Free, void, cashed out or partially cashed out bets do not qualify. Max 3x £10 free bets credited on bet settlement. Free bets must be used on 4 or more selections with selection odds of 1.3 or greater. Free bets are non-withdrawable and stake not returned with winnings. 7 day expiry. 18+ BeGambleAware.org.
Claim Now