England manager revels in giving youngsters free rein to 'play with freedom'

England manager revels in giving youngsters free rein to 'play with freedom'

The manager of England's national football team, Gareth Southgate, defended the World Cup in Russian Federation at a press conference in Amsterdam on Thursday.

"You would want a captain to have the attributes that Jordan has", the England boss said. Robert Green was in possession of the gloves, David James was the experienced head in the group and Joe Hart was the young upstart who was in form.

Pickford impressed in November's goalless draw with Germany and he will get a chance to shine once more when Ronald Koeman - the man who sanctioned a £30million move for the former Sunderland keeper while manager at Everton - takes charge of his country for the first time.

However, the England boss reveleaed Henderson has the required skills for the role. Still has work to do to present a convincing case for World Cup inclusion.

'It's of little interest to me what the foreign secretary thinks about it, ' said Southgate.

Argentina looked out-of-sorts without superstar Lionel Messi for much of their pre-World Cup friendly here against Italy, but midfielders Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini scored second-half goals to lift them to a 2-0 victory.

It was England's first victory over the Dutch since a 4-1 thrashing at Wembley at Euro '96 and there was plenty to be encouraged by as manager Gareth Southgate re-shuffled his team selection.

"But if you can play with composure and play through and out of pressure then it (eases) off the opposition in terms of their pressure and eventually they stop running and you have more time in different areas of the field".

Putin elected as Russia's president for another six-year term
Meanwhile, Putin has thanked his supporters following the victory. "I feel like everything has already been decided", he said. The president stressed that the executive power would focus on solving the country's internal problems in its future work.

England face a dilemma with the injury of first-choice striker Harry Kane but their fixture against The Netherlands tonight may see one player in particular stake their claim ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The most surprising decision the England made was to select Manchester City full-back Kyle Walker as one of the three centre-backs.

Those tougher tests will lie ahead but it is always satisfying when a tactical twist pays off and on this night it did for Southgate.

Southgate had previously stated that any player who was not featuring regularly for his club side could not expect to play for his country.

Ninety England fans were arrested in Amsterdam on Friday, taking the total to over 100 after 25 were arrested on Thursday.

Southgate was recently shown a picture from an England Under-17s game that was put on social media and attracted comments that he described as "disgusting".

Sadly, some of England's supporters did exactly that.