Euro 2024: England v Slovakia - watch Gareth Southgate's news conference live (2024)

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Summary Live Reporting Thanks and goodbyepublished at 19:15 29 June19:15 29 June Postpublished at 19:14 29 June19:14 29 June 'Pressure is on even more'published at 19:12 29 June19:12 29 June 'Just desperate to do well for my country'published at 19:09 29 June19:09 29 June 'I'm not concerned about Jude Bellingham's condition'published at 19:08 29 June19:08 29 June 'We're trying to reach for something which is a challenge'published at 19:03 29 June19:03 29 June 'We have to give a very good version of ourselves'published at 19:01 29 June19:01 29 June 'You need to be assured in what you're doing'published at 19:00 29 June19:00 29 June Shaw not ready to start for Englandpublished at 18:58 29 June18:58 29 June '99% of fans are behind the team'published at 18:56 29 June18:56 29 June 'They had a day to not think about football'published at 18:55 29 June18:55 29 June Italy are outpublished at 18:54 29 June18:54 29 June 'The fans should never underestimate what a lift they give the team'published at 18:53 29 June18:53 29 June 'Expecting a physical team with a lot of quality'published at 18:52 29 June18:52 29 June 'A lot of players come into peak sharpness in the knockout stage'published at 18:51 29 June18:51 29 June 'We are excited about the challenge'published at 18:50 29 June18:50 29 June Postpublished at 18:46 29 June18:46 29 June Postpublished at 18:46 29 June18:46 29 June Southgate has full support of squad - Guehipublished at 18:43 29 June18:43 29 June 'This is a game England should win'published at 18:40 29 June18:40 29 June
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Summary

  • Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane talking to media

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  • England play Slovakia in Euro 2024 last 16 on Sunday

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Live Reporting

Michael Emons

  1. Thanks and goodbyepublished at 19:15 29 June

    19:15 29 June

    That's all for this live page but the next match in Euro 2024 will be coming up soon as Germany take on Denmark.

    Follow all the build-up to that game here.

    We will have live text commentary of England v Slovakia from 14:00 BST on Sunday. Don't miss it.

  2. Postpublished at 19:14 29 June

    19:14 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    BBC Sport pundit Micah Richards is confident and believes England can go all the way and reach the Euro 2024 final in Berlin on July 14.

  3. 'Pressure is on even more'published at 19:12 29 June

    19:12 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England

    More from Harry Kane: "This is knockout football now. These tournaments come round quickly and they go quickly. We are going to need a big performance tomorrow night. Less talking now, it's time to show what we can do.

    "We're looking to find that little bit of spark. It's not easy to break these teams down. We want to try and score tomorrow and have a bit more ruthlessness in the final third.

    "Every team has their own way of playing. Some have pressed us and some haven't. We know the threats Slovakia pose and I'm sure they'll go all in to win. It's knockout football and the pressure is on even more."

  4. 'Just desperate to do well for my country'published at 19:09 29 June

    19:09 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England

    England manager Gareth Southgate on tomorrow being his 99th game in charge: "Whatever the total is it will be a number you look back on when you finish. I got 57 caps for England and I am proud of every one but I wanted to win things.

    "I have played in a semi-final, managed in a semi-final and a final. Tomorrow, that number is irrelevant to me it's about the team progressing. It might be something to look at in later life but I am just desperate to do well for my country. It could be another brilliant night to create more memories for our supporters."

  5. 'I'm not concerned about Jude Bellingham's condition'published at 19:08 29 June

    19:08 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England

    England manager Gareth Southgate asked by BBC Sport's Dan Roan about Jude Bellingham's physical condition: "When you are walking off the pitch and have given everything you feel in a certain way, physically and emotionally. Jude missed a period at the end of the season with an ankle injury so he will have benefitted form the matches he has had.

    "Of course we have to be mindful of the quality we have to come into the game, freshness might make a difference in the latest stages of matches. But I am not concerned about Jude Bellingham's condition, today is a big day for him [Bellingham's 21st birthday] and a reminder of how well he deals with the expectation around him at a remarkably young age.

    "There are few players who have had to live in that world, his world is different to most 21 year olds."

  6. 'We're trying to reach for something which is a challenge'published at 19:03 29 June

    19:03 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England

    England manager Gareth Southgate: "We shouldn't have a fear of losing, it's about opportunity. We are trying to reach for something which is a challenge. We have lost matches before, life goes on. At that point when you can handle the worst you are free to try and go and win the game.

    "These players have great experience of knockout matches, the senior players have shown leadership and passing on that experience. As a group they are mixing, bonding, understand each other better. That's part of forming a team."

  7. 'We have to give a very good version of ourselves'published at 19:01 29 June

    19:01 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England

    England manager Gareth Southgate: "I'm not sure why we would think about it going wrong. We know it's a tough opponent and we have to play well against a well-coached team who run a lot, we have to give a very good version of ourselves to win the game.

    "Confidence is growing, the players know that a lot of the performance against Slovenia was a step in the right direction. We have the players to do that, we will stick to the plan and make sure we show composure to sustain attacks. Goals have a huge impact on individuals and teams but it doesn't have to be one moment."

  8. 'You need to be assured in what you're doing'published at 19:00 29 June

    19:00 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England

    England manager Gareth Southgate: "A team is never quite as poor as people might think, and not quite as good as people think. You are 5% off where you'd like to be so you have to careful not to throw everything out of the window and lose continuity and confidence.

    "You have to ignore external advice and be assured in what you are doing. Equally we have had players who have made a big impact from the bench in all games. We are mindful that people are pushing for places and we need that strength in depth. You might need five or six changes, it's important they are ready."

  9. Shaw not ready to start for Englandpublished at 18:58 29 June

    18:58 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England

    England manager Gareth Southgate: "Luke Shaw is not available to start but everyone else is all good. We will see if Luke can play any part.

    "We have to deliver it. We are in a different, mental state. Knockout football is jeopardy and on any given day an opponent can make it tough for you. It's about how far can we go?

    "We are trying to achieve something exceptional. Tomorrow is a chance to show composure, the game will take us in different directions in different moments. We have thrived on those challenges in the past."

  10. '99% of fans are behind the team'published at 18:56 29 June

    18:56 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England

    Harry Kane is asked about his message for England fans: "I think 99% of the fans are behind the team and manager. Both as a player and coach you're going to have people voice their opinions. That's playing for England."

    Kane described the atmosphere against Slovenia on Tuesday as "one of the best" he has experienced for the national side.

    He added: "We are a very strong group. It's not just players but the staff as well. We know it is going to be a very tough journey between now and end if want to go all the way."

  11. 'They had a day to not think about football'published at 18:55 29 June

    18:55 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England

    England manager Gareth Southgate: "We have had some birthdays and Phil Foden has an addition to the family over the last few days, the players have enjoyed some time together.

    "They had a day off their feet and not think about football which is important in a tournament. They have played golf, whatever they wanted to do. There's no science about that but you have to remind yourself it's about enjoyment."

  12. Italy are outpublished at 18:54 29 June

    18:54 29 June

    FT: Switzerland 2-0 Italy

    Switzerland have beaten Italy 2-0, so the Swiss will be awaiting the winners of the England v Slovakia match.

    Italy, who defeated England on penalties in the final of the last European Championship, have fallen at the last-16 hurdle.

  13. 'The fans should never underestimate what a lift they give the team'published at 18:53 29 June

    18:53 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England

    England manager Gareth Southgate: "The most important thing is the support for the team. What I said the other night was to try and make sure the team gets the support they got in the second half.

    "My job is to get the best possible environment for the players and to take the responsibility at times. The fans should never underestimate what a lift they give the team. I am certain going into the knockout phase they will be right behind the team."

  14. 'Expecting a physical team with a lot of quality'published at 18:52 29 June

    18:52 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England

    Harry Kane on facing Slovakia: "They have some great players. They like to press high and make it difficult for the opponent. It's going to be a tough game.

    "We are expecting a physical team with a lot of quality. We always feel like we are capable of getting the result we want, but know we have to be at the top of our game to get that."

  15. 'A lot of players come into peak sharpness in the knockout stage'published at 18:51 29 June

    18:51 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England

    England captain Harry Kane: "It is kind of the process of the tournament. Naturally you get physically stronger. I feel like, not just to me, a lot of players come into peak sharpness in the knockout stage.

    "Being the striker in the team I want to score goals. If it's not me and we get through, I'm not going to complain."

  16. 'We are excited about the challenge'published at 18:50 29 June

    18:50 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England

    England manager Gareth Southgate: "You have to get through that first phase and there are moments within that where if you keep pushing you can lose the game.

    "That affects some actions in certain moments. Now we are in the world where it has to happen on the day, you have to go for it. We have been here before and we are excited about the challenge.

    "We have to be right on our game with and without the ball. Some parts of our game we need to better but I have seen lots of signs that it is starting to come. I am excited about the game tomorrow."

  17. Postpublished at 18:46 29 June

    18:46 29 June

    Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane are here, so let's hear what they have got to say...

  18. Postpublished at 18:46 29 June

    18:46 29 June

    Watch the news conference live by pressing the play button at the top of this page.

  19. Southgate has full support of squad - Guehipublished at 18:43 29 June

    18:43 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    England's Marc Guehi says manager Gareth Southgate has the full support of the entire squad as they prepare for the knockout stages of Euro 2024.

  20. 'This is a game England should win'published at 18:40 29 June

    18:40 29 June

    England v Slovakia (Sunday, 17:00 BST)

    Chris Sutton
    Former Blackburn striker

    Some of the criticism of England and especially Gareth Southgate at these Euros has been way over the top.

    There seems to have been an instant judgement made of them at this tournament despite them winning their group. Their performances have not been there yet but finishing top was the first objective, and they have achieved that.

    Now we are into the knockout stages and the draw has really opened up for them with France, Spain, Germany and Portugal all on the opposite side.

    If I was an England player now - and I do have some experience to call on here because I am thinking back to my one cap against Cameroon in 1997 - then I would be thinking that we have not played to our capabilities yet, and what an opportunity this is.

    It is not always the team who starts a tournament the best who go on to win it - look at Portugal in 2016, who began with three draws against Iceland, Austria and Hungary.

    We all know England can get better, and this is a game they should win.

    I covered Slovakia in their first game at these Euros - their surprise win over Belgium - and they are well structured and well-drilled but lack the kind of standout individuals they have had in the past with players such as my old Celtic team-mate Lubomir Moravcik and, more recently, Marek Hamsik.

    Slovakia will try to pick their moments but, if England score early, they should win pretty comfortably.

    I'm expecting Southgate to make one change from the team that drew with Slovenia and choose Kobbie Mainoo instead of Conor Gallagher in midfield.

    I actually want him to pick Cole Palmer, whose creativity in the 20 minutes he played in that game made England look a far more potent team, as his number 10... but I don't think he will.

    Sutton's prediction: 2-0

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