GARETH SOUTHGATE has promised his England players that today on their day off they can kick back with a MILKSHAKE as a reward for setting up a round of 16 clash against Senegal.
Four years ago, the Three Lions coach allowed his side a few beers after being eliminated from the group at the World Cup in Russia.
But with Qatar’s liquor stocks as dry as a Middle Eastern desert, players will instead have to stick to milky soft drinks while unwinding after sealing safe passage to the knockout games.
Boss Southgate joked: “We have loads of milkshakes at the hotel!
“Everything’s different here, isn’t it? We embrace it.
“We love our base camp, the people running the hotel are fabulous. We enjoy each other’s company, the players are really tight.
“You’re getting a day off now. You need that breather. They don’t have to look us in the face, which I’m sure they’ll be very pleased about.
“We can start preparing for the round of 16. Big business really starts now.”
It was a thirsty job for England in the first half last night (TU) against Wales, but three goals after the break ensured the Southgate side savored the sweet taste of victory.
Marcus Rashford snagged a double on either side of a Phil Foden goal, justifying Southgate’s decision to start both players for the first time at this World Cup.
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That means all five England full-backs scored during the tournament.
Rashford is on three after scoring in a 6-2 win over Iran, making him the joint top scorer across the countries, Bukayo Saka has two, while Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling also scored.
Southgate is now spoiled for choice on the flanks, giving him a headache over who to pick against the Senegalese on Sunday.
The 52-year-old said: “You want such decisions. We need strength deep down. Different opponents require different qualities when we prepare the team.
“You need goals from all areas. It is a problem for opposing teams when there is a threat coming from other areas of the field. We talked a lot about that.”
Harry Kane is yet to hit the bull’s eye but now has three assists after setting up Foden’s goal last night and two in the Iran mauling, more than anyone at the tournament to date.
But Southgate isn’t concerned about his captain’s dreary run. He added: “In the three games pretty much all of our forwards have hit the bull’s eye, if not with goals then with important assists.
“It’s a good place for the strikers.
“It’s a competition for places that we need and people have to deliver.
“I thought our forwards were good, our midfield was excellent, they controlled the game, they won so many second balls and they pressed really well which made the chances for the forwards.”
England reached the quarter-finals in Russia four years ago, losing to Croatia before advancing to the final of the European Championship last summer, where they lost to Italy on penalties.
When asked to compare the feeling to 2018, Southgate replied: “I definitely think compared to Russia, there’s a different mentality in the whole group, there’s more belief.
“Our goals are different. In Russia, we only considered whether we could win a knockout game.
“There are more expectations now, more confidence. I don’t know if we’re where we were last summer. But we are pleased that the first goal (qualification) has been achieved.
“We have most of the squad on the pitch, which is fabulous for the group. And no yellow cards, which is a really good position.”
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