According to forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, England manager Gareth Southgate has sent a warning to his England players about their behavior.
One month after Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden were sent home while on duty in Iceland, the Three Lions boss is facing yet another disciplinary issue that puts his authority into tests.
Recently, Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell, and Tammy Abraham broke the UK coronavirus rules. The duo attended the latter 23rd birthday party attended by more than 20 people.
Gareth Southgate was planning to lay down the law of discipline to his squad even before the latest own goal. Now, his message will have to be of greater emphasis as he tries to exact his authority on a group of England players.
He opts to remind his whole squad about the pride in playing for England while showing restraint and discipline. According to the forward Calvert-Lewin, this is part of what Southgate message to the squad.
“He reminded us what it means and the expectations of playing for England. You have to be extra careful and follow the rules”. Said Calvert Lewin.
“The boys have apologized and that’s first and foremost what they needed to do. But we all understand what it means to play for the country and you have to remember that at all times”.
Burnley goalkeeper, Nick Pope who is hoping to win his third cap echoed Calvert-Lewin’s comments.
He said, “Southgate’s talk was more of a reminder of what it means and how it can affect the squad really. How if just one person makes a mistake, it is not just affecting one person”.
“Having that reminder of responsibility is a great thing. Because it proves you are not just acting on your own behalf, you are acting on behalf of the squad and in reality, the country”.
Meanwhile, Chelsea team-mates Abraham and Chilwell alongside Borussia Dortmund’s winger, Jadon Sancho could miss England’s friendly against Wales on Thursday.