England’s Southgate downplays potential racism spat with Bulgaria
England manager Gareth Southgate has played down a potential spat with the Bulgarian Football Union.
The Three Lions will seal qualification for Euro 2020 with three games to spare if they win in the Czech Republic on Friday night, but the main focus at the pre-match press conference was the potential for problems three days later.
Southgate took the unusual step of expressing concerns about the potential for racism in Bulgaria a month ahead of Monday’s match – fears the country’s football federation called “groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary”.
Gareth Southgate has revealed a conversation with England team-mate StuartPearce was “invaluable” in helping him deal with his Euro 96 penalty miss.Southgate, now the England manager, has spoken about how he felt responsiblefor ending the feelgood factor sweeping the nation as hopes grew that theThree Lions would secure a first major title in 30 years. And he says talkingabout the miss with Pearce, who endured his own shoot-out agony at the 1990World Cup, helped him immensely.
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A short film has been released to celebrate the entire football industryuniting to sign the landmark ‘Mentally Healthy Football Declaration’, as partof the Heads Up campaign, to lose stigma around talking about mental health.Players and managers including Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane, Andy Robertson,John McGinn, Steph Houghton and Danny Rose, as well as senior leaders of UKfootball, all signed the Declaration on a video call with the Duke earlierthis month. This comes ahead of the ‘Heads Up FA Cup Final’ on 1st Augustwhich will see the Final dedicated to the issue of mental health. Thedeclaration will see governing bodies, leagues and organisations from acrossUK football recognising that mental health is as important as physical health,and committing to embedding a mentally healthy culture across the game.
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Eddie Jones expects many of England’s top players to return in better shapefollowing their enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic. PremiershipRugby resumes next week having been suspended since March, while the RugbyFootball Union’s plans for a phased return to action at grassroots level werethis week approved by the Government.
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Courtesy: Royal Foundation Former England captain Rio Ferdinand and Englandrugby captain Owen Farrell are among sport stars and their famous fans todiscuss their experiences of mental health, as part of the Duke of Cambridge’sHeads Up campaign. The Charity hopes to help football fans, and men inparticular, feel comfortable and confident in reaching out for support if theyneed it, and in showing support for their mates This is one of series of filmsbeing released in the lead up to the Heads Up FA Cup Final on Saturday 1stAugust.
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