Prince William, the president of the Football Association, met with Southgate and the England squad at St. George’s Park on the eve of their departure for Qatar, and warned them against online distractions.
Speaking ahead of England’s second group game against the USA on Friday night, Southgate was asked how he was keeping his players from being distracted by outside noise at their Al-Wakrah basecamp.
“From our perspective, it’s quite simple really,” he said. “We’re tucked away, we really like our basecamp.
“We don’t have televisions on particularly, except for the matches, and I’m sure the lads are following stuff on social media or the internet. But we’ve talked from time to time about the importance of ignoring those things.
“We actually had the future King come in and talk to us about that. He mentioned that to the lads, which was a point we couldn’t have paid him better to say, about dealing with social media. You just have to ignore the noise.
“At tournaments, there’s always a frenzy of need for information, for stories of course. I’ve lived through a lot of tournaments now so you understand that staying calm through all of that, focussing on the games, training and things you can affect.
“Keeping your energy for those things is key.”
Asked if he would like Prince William to travel to Qatar to support England if they progress through the group, Southgate added: “That’s his decision, and none of my business frankly. But we know he is supportive of us.”