GARETH SOUTHGATE has told his England stars to take the pressure on as they head off for next month’s World Cup.
The Three Lions fly to Qatar on a record SIX competitive winless streak – and relegation to the Nations League.
And England boss Southgate said: “Of course the pressure comes for us.
“You’re going to a World Cup. They wouldn’t choose to go into a World Cup with the string of results we’ve had. But actually we are stronger for it. The players have to take some personal responsibility.”
England finished bottom of the Nations League while Luke Shaw’s goal in a 3-3 draw with Germany at Wembley was a first goal from free play in 521 MINUTES.
England’s opening game of World Cup Group B will take place against Iran on 21 November.
Southgate added: “When things go well, it’s fun. But it doesn’t produce the harshness you’ll need.
“We can play friendlies where we don’t learn that much about the people.
“We have been tested against high-level opposition. The players had to test more, endure a bit of pressure.
“Whether we want to delay it or get comfortable, in the end there comes that pressure.
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“We have to deal with it. We might as well have it in the lead-in because it means players have to step up and take some ownership.
“As a team we will be better for this challenging time.”
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