Gareth Southgate says England will 'show respect' for Westminster terror attack victims
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 19:06
A week after the Red Rose's record-equalling 18-match winning run came to an end against Ireland, Jones joined the England football squad's preparations ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on Sunday (Monday NZ time).
In November 2015 England hosted France in a Wembley friendly just days after the attacks on Paris that left 130 dead with the national stadium providing an impeccable tribute to their visitors on an emotional night. I'm not sure we've always looked at ourselves in the mirror as closely as we should, that's what we need as a football nation.
It is more justified with the fact that England's main striker Harry Kane is out injured.
"I've spoken about sharing the responsibility around the squad, and even some of the youngest players in the squad have been able to talk openly this week".
The England Supporters Travel Club is to withdraw the membership of any fans involved in anti-social, xenophobic or disrespectful behaviour on Wednesday and Southgate urged fans to remember that they represent their country when travelling overseas.
"Supporters represent the country when they go away and the majority do that".
"Joe is our most-capped global. Some people question having a goalkeeper as captain but I had Jack Butland in the Under-21s, and you're looking for professionalism throughout the week, not just on matchday".
Southgate is expected to field a very attack-minded side against Lithuania with John Stones, 22, stepping out from defence, and Kyle Walker, 26, and Ryan Bertrand, 27, joining Raheem Sterling, 22, and Jesse Lingard, 24, in flying down the flanks.
This has been a chastening year for the 31-year-old forward as restricted playing time has led onlookers to not only query his role for the Three Lions and Manchester United but his future at the top level. More importantly, he feels it has enhanced him as a person and a player.
Not all England fans are obsessed with songs about the war, though, and this is a chance to show a more palatable, diverse face. "I will obviously keep an eye on Manchester City - they are my parent club and one I have a lot of affection for, and whatever happens in the summer, whoever's jersey I will be putting on next season, is where all my energy will lie".
"There are one or two others on our radar in that position, but we know him well and know what we're going to get".