Gareth Southgate issues rallying cry with reminder of Euro 96 struggles

England manager recalls tough moments in campaignSouthgate must lift exhausted players for quarter-final

Gareth Southgate has attempted to rally the nation behind his England team at Euro 2024 with a reminder that the memories of Italia 90 and Euro 96 have become more cherished over the years and overlook the difficulties experienced at the time.

England have set up a quarter‑final against Switzerland on Saturday after a heart-stopping 2-1 win over ­Slovakia on Sunday, and there is no doubt they have problems. ­Southgate is grateful for the mini-break to ­recalibrate his players, many of whom were shattered after extra time against Slovakia, some ­carrying knocks and bruises.

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