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Southgate says England juniors must change training methods

New England elite performance chief Gareth Southgate says their approach to training must change.

The former Middlesbrough boss believes the attitude of parents is key to how young players develop, and is adamant that the emphasis must be on skills development and not playing the percentages among the youngest players of the game.

Southgate told BBC Radio 5 Live: "One of the biggest challenges we have is a cultural shift in our youth football, that we encourage parents to encourage their kids to develop their skills rather than focus on winning at the very earliest age.

"A small scenario was put to me - a centre-back who gets the ball from his goalkeeper and attempts to play or dribble out of defence loses the ball and is hammered by everybody watching the game, or he gets the ball on the edge of his box and just clears it as far as he can and gets a round of applause. What is he most likely to do the next time he gets the ball?

"That encapsulates for me some of the attitudes that exist within this country, and we have to realise as parents the impact we have on our kids. They want to please us, so there is a huge responsibility."

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