It has been suggested several times in the past, manager after manager has talked about how much more expensive a Championship player is in England, than a better foreigner playing elsewhere in Europe, they have ‘blamed’ that to the ‘bubble’ that the football world in England is, but to hear it from the national coach…
We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. We have to prove it
Gareth Southgate told reporters ahead of England’s game in Lithuania, the last one in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, talking about the ‘big players’ that England has, or hasn’t.
Well, are they big players until they win? We’re talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. When we are in semifinals, finals, winning trophies, then I think we’ll have big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. I am the same as coach, so I don’t disassociate myself from that. But we can’t consider ourselves big players
Southgate said, rejecting the word ‘big’ talking about his players.
Big players are [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Ramos, [Sergi] Busquets, [Toni] Kroos, [Sami] Khedira, [Manuel] Neuer — I could go on. That’s what big players are
the coach of England’s national team said, adding though a line of optimism in the end;
We have to prove that we have big players. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it
were his words.