TUESDAY’S BIG STORIES
Southgate gives his players a history lesson
International week! Yes! It’s what you’ve all been waiting for! It’s the time of the season where everyone can briefly shut off from football, get on with everything else in their lives and then one day turn on the TV and say “Oh, England are playing. I had no idea.”
Obviously for others this is a very serious business, particularly Gareth Southgate who takes charge of his first England games as permanent manager, as the brave boys face Germany in Dortmund on Wednesday and Lithuania at Wembley on Sunday.
And Southgate has prepared his players for these great tasks by showing them a clip from England’s, and his own, history. Yes indeed, the rousing method he chose to give his players a pep up was to remind them that England are terrible in high-pressure situations, screening a clip of his penalty miss in the Euro 96 semi-final against Germany.
“It was a very powerful message,” said James Ward-Prowse about the video and accompanying speech, also saying Southgate did similar when he was under-21 manager. And in, fairness, they did pretty well, so perhaps it might just work.
We wonder if he followed it up with his stellar performance in that Pizza Hut advert, too.
Vardy receives death threats
Football, as we know, is great. There’s nothing like it. Its importance cannot be denied when it makes us all feel this sense of community, when we all devote large portions of our lives to watching it, to travelling around with it, to spending so much money on it. But, of course, there’s a limit.
Jamie Vardy has revealed this week that he has received death threats for apparently being one of the “snakes” who deliberately didn’t try hard enough for Claudio Ranieri and got him sacked at Leicester. The perception was that for reasons unclear the Leicester players decided they weren’t keen on the Italian anymore, and risked relegation by downing tools.
“The story is out there, then people pick it up and jump on it and you’re getting death threats about your family, kids, everything,” Vardy said. “I try to get on with it but when people are trying to cut your missus up while she’s driving along with the kids in the back of the car it’s not the best. It’s happened plenty of times. It is terrifying.”
Football doesn’t matter that much.
Schweinsteiger to leave Manchester United
Hot, hot, hot off the internet presses, and as the Warm-Up lovingly puts together this slice of piping hot morning action for you, word reaches us that Bastian Schweinsteiger’s hell is over, and he has been set free from Manchester United.
The veteran midfielder will join MLS side Chicago Fire (which we’re sure was a late-90s American drama, but apparently it’s a football team now) with immediate effect, signing a one-year deal with the club.
“I’ve always sought opportunities where I hoped to make a positive impact and to help make something great,” said Schweini.
God speed, Bastian, and may you continue to take passive-aggressive selfies outside the ground of your new club should you be dropped from the team.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: The Warm-Up: 'Look at our history of failure,' roars Southgate