REVEALED: Gareth Southgate will keep track of his England World Cup players this weekend using a special analysis system that gives him visual access to ALL matches as they are played… as he desperately hopes to avoid more injuries
- Gareth Southgate is able to watch his England players from home this weekend
- The manager will use a special analysis system to keep track of the internationals
- Southgate named his 26-man World Cup squad on Thursday ahead of next week
- He’ll be praying for no more injury concerns in the final round of league matches
- Full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell were left out of the squad due to injury
Gareth Southgate will have the option of watching the final round of matches before the World Cup in real-time from his house as he prays his England players come through unscathed.
Having selected his 26-man squad for Qatar on Thursday, the national team boss now faces an anxious wait to discover whether any of his players suffer injuries before they depart for the tournament next week.
And Southgate will have the opportunity of seeing all his players live during Saturday’s eight Premier League showdowns and Sunday’s two remaining games from the comfort of his own home thanks to a special analysis system that provides him with visual access to matches as they are played.
Gareth Southgate will watch his England players this weekend using a special analysis system
It means Southgate can simultaneously keep tabs on all members of his squad who are playing during the weekend’s round of fixture, much like a mini-control centre.
The Three Lions boss is desperate to avoid any more injury casualties heading into the tournament, having already lost Reece James and Ben Chilwell to injury.
Bukayo Saka, Harry Maguire and Trent Alexander-Arnold have also provided Southgate with injury scares in recent weeks.
It remains to be seen whether Southgate travels to a match this weekend, though indications are that he will remain at his Harrogate residence where he will be able to keep abreast of activity on all his players.
The England manager revealed his 26-man World Cup squad on Thursday ahead of next week
Southgate will be praying for no more injury issues having lost Reece James to a knee problem
Southgate has not named an official standby list but is able to draft in players if anybody is unfortunate enough to suffer an injury that rules them out of the World Cup this weekend.
Speaking on Thursday, on the prospect of players getting injured this weekend Southgate said: ‘There’s nothing I can do about it so watching the matches unfold, you’re always intrigued at how the tactical games are going, the performances, the results of the players of course. But we can do nothing about injuries.
‘We’ve already been hit in that way. It could happen again and we’ve got to adapt. We’ve got players to come in and opportunities for others if they do come in.’