Southgate wants a prepared and professional England

New England boss Gareth Southgate hopes to develop a mature and professional environment within the national team set-up in order to give his team every chance of success.

The 46-year-old former Middlesbrough and England under-21 boss, who was installed as permanent England manager on Wednesday, explained that after strict "draconian" methods of the past, it was time to install some "ownership and accountability" in the players.

With captain Wayne Rooney's late night drinking antics hitting the headlines after England's 3-0 win over Scotland last month, Southgate understands the tough task ahead of him, but cited the success of New Zealand's rugby team, the All Blacks as a good example to follow.

Speaking at Wembley after signing a four-year contract, the new man at the helm said: "I'm not convinced that draconian is going to work for English players.

"We have maybe had a go at that in the past, with the Italians. That regime of how they have prepared for club matches is very similar to the national team."

He further explained on BBC Radio 5 live: "There's a time to have a glass of beer or wine but at the appropriate time and the right level.

"We talk about pressure. We spend most of our time trying to relieve that pressure and if we put ourselves in positions where we are going to increase that pressure, then that is not intelligent."

He added: "There has got to be lines of what is acceptable and what isn't.

"Look at top sports teams like the All Blacks, who are one of the best examples of teams that have won consistently over the years.

"The players are involved in that, because you are giving them ownership and accountability.

"If our players want to be top, top players, which I believe they do, then they have got to recognise the things that are going to help us achieve that, and the things that are going to detract from that.

"The days are gone from when I was younger where we did have beers after a game – fish and chips and beer on the way home on the coach and probably fall off the bus.

"The rest of the world isn't doing that, so we are competing in a different landscape and have to be as prepared and professional as everybody else."

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