Ferdinand explains how Southgate has changed England player mentality

first_img Ferdinand and Lampard were England team-mates Southgate has created a ‘club environment’ in the England squad England manager Gareth Southgate has created a ‘club environment’ within the England squad and that can only be a good thing, says Rio Ferdinand.Sitting alongside former England internationals Frank Lampard, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker, the manager’s exuberance when Harry Kane scored the winner against Tunisia was discussed. “He’s created a club environment within the England squad, which is so hard to do,” Ferdinand said in his role on BBC Sport.Turning to former England team-mate Lampard, Ferdinand added: “We found it hard to do within our squads, but Gareth’s done that and the players want to be there.“We had players in our squad who you thought: ‘I don’t know if he wants to be here,’” though he wouldn’t name names when asked to elaborate by Lineker. 2 2 “These players, though, they get the call and turn up all wanting to play and that’s a step in the right direction for this squad.”If England beat Panama they will have secured their place in the knockout stage with a game to spare, which will be a relief considering Belgium is the final game in the group.last_img read more