- Gareth Southgate is wary of indiscipline costing England during Euro 2020
- His statement comes after James Maddison’s controversial Covid-19 breach
- Maddison now joins a long list of England players who have broken the rules
- Mason Greenwood, Phil Foden and Kyle Walker have all breached regulations
Gareth Southgate has warned player indiscipline will cost England a crack at Euro 2020 glory
His statement comes after James Maddison’s controversial Covid breach this week
Maddison has only featured for England once, against Montenegro back in November 2019
England stars Phil Foden (L) and Jack Grealish have also fallen foul of coronavirus regulations
Southgate confirmed that Declan Rice is expected to be fit for the Euros following a knee injury
Gareth Southgate has warned player indiscipline will cost England a crack at Euro 2020 glory after James Maddison’s controversial Covid breach virtually ended his hopes of gatecrashing the squad.
Leicester playmaker Maddison was axed from Brendan Rodgers’ plans for Sunday’s defeat at West Ham for a breach of Covid protocols the Foxes described as ‘extremely disappointing’.
Maddison frustrated Southgate in October 2019 after being spotted in a casino just 24 hours after withdrawing from the England squad through illness.
Southgate was at the London Stadium on Sunday with a view to watching Maddison – but the Leicester star’s indiscipline cost him his chance to impress the England boss.
Any hope the 24-year-old had of making the Euros party are likely to have disappeared following his latest misdemeanour, particularly given the emergence of Jesse Lingard and the fact Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho – who missed the previous England matches through injury – are set to return to the fold.
Mason Greenwood, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker, Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho have all breached Covid rules since the pandemic struck last year – and while Southgate declined to discuss Maddison’s violation directly he admits player discipline could make or break England’s chances later this summer.
‘In the autumn discipline off the pitch and on the pitch created the biggest issues for us and meant we didn’t get to the semi-finals of the Nations League that we were desperate to be in,’ said Southgate, who confirmed that Declan Rice is expected to be fit for the Euros following a recent knee injury.
‘It still annoys me when I look at that line-up – Italy, Spain, Belgium, France. It’s a brilliant line-up and games you want to be involved in.
‘One of the key areas was that we didn’t have availability of players at certain times for on and off the field misdemeanours.’
Meanwhile, the Three Lions boss has also revealed he is likely to allow his squad to see their families during the tournament, Covid regulations permitting.
England managers of the past have taken hardline approaches with regard to access to their loved ones – but Southgate, who confirmed England will stay in London in between their second and third group matches, added: ‘In terms of family interaction, we are still waiting on that a little bit – whether we will be able to let the players home for a day at certain points, or whether we might be able to bring families in, Covid is going to dictate a lot of that and it might be that it is easier to let them home.’
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