sport news SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON: Gareth Southgate should stick to his guns for Euro 2020 ...

sport news SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON: Gareth Southgate should stick to his guns for Euro 2020 ...
sport news SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON: Gareth Southgate should stick to his guns for Euro 2020 ...

England are my favourite team after Sweden and I worked with Italy boss Roberto Mancini for nine years so whatever happens on Sunday, I can be happy for the winners. But I think England are favourites win the match and lift the trophy.

Gareth Southgate was part of my squad for the 2002 World Cup and it did not surprise me to see him become a coach. He was always very focused on what we were doing, always thinking a lot and sometimes we had a few discussions after he wasn't chosen in the starting XI. It made him suffer to sit on the bench because he wanted to play but he was always professional and never did anything silly.

He has built a team who are very secure and very difficult to break down, and he should stick to those ideas. I thought before the tournament that England would be very difficult to play against - they defend well, they are physically strong, they have pace and now they have two goalscorers.

Gareth Southgate was part of my squad for the 2002 World Cup and it did not surprise me to see him become a coach

Gareth Southgate was part of my squad for the 2002 World Cup and it did not surprise me to see him become a coach

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I didn't expect Raheem Sterling to score as many times as he has - and now Harry Kane has woken up, too. 

Because of these options it is will be very dangerous for Italy to send too many players forward when they attack, and it will help England a lot to play at Wembley.

Southgate was criticised at the start for his defensive style of play but you can see it was the right thing to do because they are in the final. It is clear he knows his own mind. 

Look at the Denmark game - he sent on Jack Grealish in the second half, and then took him off again in extra-time when he needed to put on Kieran Trippier to protect the result. It's unusual to see a coach be prepared to do that in such a high-pressure moment. 

I didn't expect Raheem Sterling to score as many times as he has in the tournament so far

I didn't expect Raheem Sterling to score as many times as he has in the tournament so far

Harry Kane has also woken up and England now have two dangerous goalscoring options

Harry Kane has also woken up and England now have two dangerous goalscoring options

Mancini is the same. I have known him since I took over at Sampdoria in 1992 and of all the players I have worked with, he was the one I knew would become a coach. 

Even now, when we speak, he will call me 'Mister' - the Italian equivalent of 'Gaffer'. I've told him he can call me Sven but he says no, he can't bring himself to do it. It's nice that he still shows that respect.

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Playing England in a final at Wembley will be the maximum for him as a coach. Don't forget he lost a European Cup Final there for

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