Southgate’s Stern Message to Grealish: “There is a Line”
Gareth Southgate, England’s manager, has clearly told Jack Grealish and his City teammates: “There is a line.”
The City players, including Phil Foden, John Stones, Kyle Walker, and Kalvin Phillips, have been in the spotlight following their extensive celebrations, which saw them partying for three days straight. Grealish, in particular, was at the heart of the festivities, with images of him looking worse for wear making rounds on social media.
Southgate’s comments come as the players join the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers. The manager has made it clear that while he acknowledges the players’ right to celebrate their victory, they must also maintain their focus and readiness for England duty.
“There is a line,” Southgate stated, emphasising the need for balance between celebration and professionalism. “I have spoken with the players. We have talked about where the focus needs to be, where we need them to be and acknowledged what they have experienced and that’s for me to manage.”
Southgate’s approach reflects a keen understanding of the pressures and demands of modern football. He recognises the significance of the Champions League victory for the players, but also the importance of their commitment to the national team.
The England manager also highlighted the changing landscape of football, where players’ actions are constantly under scrutiny due to the prevalence of social media. “What is different is that everyone posts everything. I wouldn’t have liked a few of my nights out to be posted publicly. My generation would have been in a lot more problems,” he said.
As England prepares for their Euro 2024 qualifier against Malta, Southgate’s message serves as a reminder to his players that while celebrations are part and parcel of football, they must not lose sight of their responsibilities on the pitch.
The City players are not expected to start in the Malta game, but their actions in the aftermath of their club victory will undoubtedly serve as a learning experience for them and their peers.