Gareth Southgate sounds warning to England stars despite Belgium victory

Gareth Southgate has told his players they must be “relentless” if they want to become one of the best teams in the world.

England boss Southgate is ready to tackle Denmark in the Nations League just three days after beating Belgium who are ranked as No1 in the world.

But Southgate revealed the senior players held a meeting on Monday morning, just hours after the win, to hammer home to the whole squad that is already in the past.

Southgate said: “The sign of a good team is to be able to back up a big result. You’ve got to have consistency, you’ve got to have constant improvement and constant evolution.

“Great we’ve shown a big result against a very good team. But we have to win again on Wednesday. If you want to be top players or top teams, that’s the demands and you’ve got to be relentless in that drive.

“We’ve made that point, the senior players also backed that up in a meeting we had on Monday morning and we felt that was the first step after Belgium.

“Not having two days of comfort and everybody patting each other on the back. That was done within 30 minutes of the game and we were on preparing for Denmark.”

England’s win over Belgium was their most impressive since winning in Spain two years ago to the day of when they face Denmark tonight.

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Southgate even believes the team is evolving from that night in Seville and they are making great strides ahead of the Euros next summer.

Southgate added: “The last hour in Seville and we ended up with five at the back to hang on to the result.

"I don’t think we were perfect in Seville, it was a fantastic result, but you’re never perfect and in these big games there are different ways of winning.

“On Sunday, I was pleased in the second half with a lot of control with the ball, but also control without the ball and not just camped on our own penalty box.

“We are looking all the time at what are the players we have available, who can play at the highest level, with the demands physically and mentally especially, those top games bring and a classic example is now.

“We had a physically and mentally demanding game and we’ve got to go again two days later. That sort of replicates close to what you’d find in a tournament so this is a good test for us as a group.”

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