England boss Southgate changes plan after talks with stars about Queen

Queen Elizabeth II: Premier League matches postponed after death

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England’s players will be allowed to arrive at St George’s Park later than expected because they will be allowed to watch the Queen’s funeral with their families, according to reports. Head coach Gareth Southgate has been forced into a late change of plans for his final international window before the 2022 World Cup. 

The Three Lions had initially been expected to report to their training base on the morning of Monday, September 19. However, the announcement that Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take on the same day has forced those plans to be ditched. 

Southgate held meetings with senior players to learn what they wanted to do. It became clear that allowing them to watch such a personal and momentous event with their families would be the best course of action. 

Players will now arrive at St George’s Park on either Monday evening or Tuesday morning. That is according to the Daily Star, who claim that Southgate has green-lighted a later arrival at the national training complex.

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The England head coach led the footballing tributes for the Queen, who died last Thursday. “My thoughts today are with His Majesty King Charles III, the FA President HRH The Duke of Cambridge and the Royal Family,” Southgate said.

“In remembering and celebrating the life of Her Majesty The Queen, we are also acknowledging her remarkable leadership and lifetime of dignified service.

“She showed the world what it is to be British. Her values, her dignity, her resilience were an exemplar to us all and she has provided us with stability and reassurance in the best and also most difficult of times.

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“I was proud to have her as our patron and to sing God Save The Queen before every match.”

England’s players have just two matches to convince Southgate that they should be in his plans for the World Cup. The Three Lions face Italy and Germany in two tough clashes this month, in their final fixtures before the tournament. 

Southgate will announce a squad for the upcoming internationals on Thursday. As a mark of respect to the Queen, the 52-year-old will not conduct his usual post-squad announcement press conference. 

England will then travel to Italy for Friday’s Nations League game in Milan. Wembley will then host Germany in the first men’s international on home soil since the death of the Queen. That match is scheduled for September 26. 

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