“I spoke this morning with Raheem in training. It’s great that he’s back with ushe confided. He wanted to trainst. Usually, he wouldn’t have been allowed to do this after his long plane trip, but it was a fairly light session, so he took no risks in participating. He will be involved in tomorrow’s game (Saturday), but I don’t know how yet. I don’t know what his fitness level is, because I hadn’t seen him on the pitch since last Saturday. But we are delighted that he is back, he is an important player for us”.
“I think we managed to follow the process that led him to gradually return to the team. Kyle is ready”
In addition, the boss of the Three Lions mentioned the physical condition of Kyle Walker, who was injured in the groin before this World Cup, and who will have the difficult task of countering Kylian Mbappé. “We wanted to give Kyle the opportunity to get back into shape, because he’s been a very important player for us over the last six years. I think we managed to follow the process that led him to gradually return to the team. Kyle is ready. We talk a lot about one opponent in particular (Mbappé), but we face France, a fantastic team. We all know their attackers and the overall quality of their group. They were very strong in managing to recover from the major setbacks from which they suffered. Didier (The fields) has created a team that is stronger than the sum of the individuals that compose it. This hasn’t always been the case with some French teams in the past, nor with some English teams for that matter…”
Finally, Southgate was asked if this quarter-final was for him a rematch… of the 2000 FA Cup final, which he lost 0-1 as captain of Aston Villa, against Chelsea, where a certain Didier Deschamps was playing at the time. “They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but this one is frozen right? » released the technician with a smile.