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Minefield lies ahead for Gareth Southgate as he plots for England's Euro 2020 campaign... he will need the co-operation of top-flight clubs to have any chance of success Gareth Southgate says the last 10 days were his most testing as England boss  But it will not get much easier from here as preparation for Euro 2020 begins  Southgate will need to rely on the co-operation of elite clubs to target success  He is diplomatic enough to pick his way through the club versus country conflict

By Ian Ladyman for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:31 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 14:18 BST, 4 September 2020

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Gareth Southgate believes the last 10 days or so have been among the most difficult he has had to endure during his four years as England coach. The chances are it will not get much easier from here.

The complications of the Harry Maguire court case have only compounded the issues thrown up by Covid-19. Southgate has suffered three withdrawals from his squad in the build-up to this double-header against Iceland and Denmark and this at a time when the Premier League season has not even started yet.  

Challenges will come regularly for the England manager as he tries to plot a way from here to the doorstep of the delayed European Championship next June. If he is to have any chance at all of preparing a team to win the tournament he will in all likelihood need almost unprecedented co-operation from our top-flight clubs. 

Gareth Southgate says the last 10 days have been among his most testing in charge of England

Gareth Southgate says the last 10 days have been among his most testing in charge of England

The complications of the Harry Maguire court case have only compounded Southgate's issues

The complications of the Harry Maguire court case have only compounded Southgate's issues

Certainly there was an edge to what he said recently on the matter. 'We are competing with the Portuguese, the French, the Spanish, the Italians, the Belgians, who always pick their strongest teams,' said Southgate. 'My job is to win games for my country and

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