Southgate reveals key player tried to quit international football twice

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England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that the Three Lions’ key players have tried to quit international football twice in the past.

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    Kyle Walker has tried to retire from international football twice under Gareth Southgate, with the Manchester City defender wanting to hang up his boots both after Euro 2020 and Qatar 2022 But Three Lions boss Southgate convinced the right-back to continue playing on both occasions. After the 33-year-old Walker scored his first goal on behalf of the ยูฟ่าเบท national team in match 77 in a 1-1 draw with Ukraine on Saturday, September 9, 2023, Southgate revealed that

          “It’s a credit to him and I’ve talked to him about retiring a couple of times. “For international football, after the Euros and after the World Cup. “ He loves being here. And he wants to continue doing it. And now he is thinking about how many times he can be flagged. He is very important to us. “If we talk about world-class players in their positions on our team. He is probably one of them.”

          When asked to confirm Southgate’s revelation that he wanted to retire, Walker said: ‘Yes, at the time Gareth and I were talking.’ ‘Players like Trent (Alexander-Arnold), Tripps (Kieran Trippier) and Reece James are coming in. You think your days are up.” “I’ve sacrificed a lot of holidays and summers…” “I’ve been doing this since I was 19 when I got into the first team. Now I’m 33.” “I and Gareth has a great relationship off the pitch. We’ve talked. And I feel like I can still bring something to the team. So why do you have to stop?”

  Walker had a strong performance in qualifying in the Polish city of Wroclaw. And he is a real player for Southgate. Although he has plenty of options at right-back. England travel to Glasgow late on Saturday night, 9 September 2023, for a friendly against Scotland , with Southgate likely to make a number of changes. And it could include Chelsea defender Levi Colville being flagged for the first time at some point during the game at Hampden Park.

          England’s previous away game in Glasgow was a 2-2 draw in the 2017 World Cup qualifiers. The Three Lions’ most recent match was the Euro 2024 qualifying round, Group C, on Friday 8 September at In the past, they invaded and tied the Ukrainian national team 1-1, dividing each team up with a point. England still leads the next group with 13 points, while Ukraine is in 2nd place with 7 points.