Gareth Southgate Concerned about Lack of Preparation Ahead of Germany Friendly

England manager Gareth Southgate is concerned that he will get only one full training session from his players ahead of the friendly with Germany.


After an extended absence of international games, Southgate is preparing to take charge of his first game as the permanent England manager when the national team take on archrivals Germany in a friendly game. It will be a tough test for the former Middlesbrough manager, especially as it is against the reigning world champions. England may struggle to get the best preparation possible, as a hectic fixture schedule in the English Premier League may prevent Southgate from getting a number of top players available for preparation earlier.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester United are the clubs involved in action as part of the ‘Super Sunday’ just three days prior to England’s game against Germany. England are taking on Germany on March 22 followed by a match against Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier three days later.

Even though the game against Lithuania is far more important than the match against Germany – purely in terms of points, England are certainly not feeling any heat when it comes to World Cup qualification as a result of winning three out of the four games. The national team has a two-point advantage over second placed Slovenia in the World Cup qualification group.

The game will take place in Dortmund, with fans able to get double odds on the matchif they use a Luckia promo code. Given that all the top clubs and their top players like Harry Kane, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, and Wayne Rooney will be involved on Sunday, England may have to settle for just one training session on Tuesday before the players out to Germany on Wednesday. Monday will be the date to warm down the players after such big matches. Southgate will have every reason to be concerned considering that two of the last three games have finished in a draw.