Southgate admits Euro 2021 preparations are 'incredible challenge'

England boss Gareth Southgate admits Euro 2021 preparations are proving an ‘incredible challenge’ with less then five months until kick-off and Covid still threatening the tournament

  • The rescheduled Euro 2021 tournament is set to kick-off in just five months time 
  • UEFA are still insisting it can be held across 12 nations as the pandemic extends 
  • Gareth Southgate has admitted preparing for the tournament has been tough  

Time is ticking in the lead-up to Euro 2021 and Gareth Southgate has revealed that uncertainty over the tournament is creating an ‘incredible challenge’ for England. 

The UK is set to close travel corridors on Monday in a worrying sign for the championships, with Wembley set to host a number of matches including the final. 

The Euro’s have already been set-back 12 months and now UEFA’s plot to host the tournament across 12 cities is in jeopardy, as the Covid-19 shutdown continues. 

Gareth Southgate has revealed the Euro 2021 uncertainty is causing headaches for England

The Three Lions boss has five months before taking England’s exciting generation into battle

Wembley is set to host a number of games including the final but that could be at risk now 

‘It’s a challenge because all of our staff are a little bit disconnected,’ Southgate explained, speaking at the ‘A Team Talk With Legends’ event in aid of Sports United Against Dementia. 

‘You’re not interacting in the same way and you can’t check in on people in the same way.

‘We have to prepare for a European Championship in a few months’ time so it’s an incredible challenge for our staff logistically, our security people, our operations people and we really don’t know what the tournament in the end will look like.

‘At the moment UEFA are saying it will still be played across 12 cities, but we have to prepare for a number of different scenarios.

Southgate will hope to overcome the Covid-19 issues and improve on the last World Cup 

‘Trying to book hotels and knowing where you will be based are a lot more complicated than they would normally be.’   

Southgate will be under close scrutiny at the tournament, with the former Middlesborough boss taking charge of an exciting generation of England talent. 

The 50-year-old will hope to overcome the Covid roadblocks and have the setup primed to better its semi-final run at the 2018 World Cup.  

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