Southgate eases Rooney out of England picture

“One of the things I want to talk to the players about is the fact that we always talk about what we’d like to achieve, but don’t look at the reality of where we are,” he said.

“We’ve won three knockout games in 25 years and the last one was in 2006. Whatever we think we are as a nation, we’ve not been delivering.

“I think there’s a harsh lens needed on some of the things we are doing. We need to look at who the top teams are and how we get to their level.”

When it was put to him that the England manager’s job is one of the biggest in world football, he replied: “Well, not if we’ve only won three knockout games in 27 years, respectfully.

“It is on our island (Great Britain), but I remember going to the World Cup in Brazil, scouting, and they have those montages before the game of highlights of previous tournaments.

“And it suddenly struck me: we’re not on them. None of our players are on them.

“We think we’re whatever, but I’m looking at it and there’s all the Brazilians, the Spaniards, the French, and we’re not there.

“And I’m almost sinking into my seat because you walk in there thinking you’re part of England, which I’m massively proud to be.

“But actually, on the world stage, we’re not there at the moment and we’ve got to turn up.”

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