GARETH SOUTHGATE has revealed he has no hesitation at throwing Jadon Sancho or Callum Hudson-Odoi into a hostile atmosphere against Montenegro.
The England boss has insisted playing in front of a partisan crowd will add to the teenage wingers’ education on the international stage.
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Both men featured in Friday’s 5-0 win against Czech Republic in the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 qualifying opener – with Hudson-Odoi making his debut.
Speaking in the pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash, the former Middlesbrough manager claimed the duo should be able to cope with the Montenegro fans.
The 48-year-old said: “No hesitation. This is part of their education. To be a top team, we’ve got to adapt to every environment we go into.
“Friday at Wembley is always a different sort of experience to going away from home in a qualifier, which is always difficult wherever I’ve travelled.
“The only way they can learn and improve is to go through these experiences.”
While Southgate added: “I was here the last time England played, so I know the passion that the supporters have here for their country.
“Of course that gives a huge lift to their own team. But that’s the sort of challenge our players have faced many times before.
“We have to make sure our mentality and discipline are right and we focus on the things we can affect.”
The only way they can learn and improve is to go through these experiences.Gareth Southgate
Southgate also confirmed that he could start Declan Rice to face the Brave Falcons after he impressed in his debut against Czech Republic.
While the ex-Crystal Palace defender showed Hudson-Odoi who’s boss in training after he beat the Chelsea forward in a race at St George’s Park.
And he has urged the Blues starlet to shun interest from Bayern Munich in the summer and stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for his place.
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