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Gareth Southgate To Ask England Cricket Stars "How Did You Win The World Cup?"

Gareth Southgate To Ask England Cricket Stars "How Did You Win The World Cup?"

Gareth Southgate and the FA will speak to their counterparts at the ECB to try and unlock the secrets of winning a tournament on home soil ahead of next summer's Euros.

England's cricket team hopefully inspired the nation after their dramatic World Cup victory at Lord's on Sunday and Gareth Southgate wants to know how they got over the line at the home tournament.

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According to the Daily Mail the FA is set to hold talks with the ECB to talk about how they won and more specifically how to be successful at home, with the pressure on, as that's what the Three Lions will have to do at Euro 2020.

Eoin Morgan and his team celebrate at the Oval. Image: PA Images
Eoin Morgan and his team celebrate at the Oval. Image: PA Images

Despite the competition being played across Europe should England qualify a majority of their matches will be played at home, or close to.

The way the Euros will work means England's group matches will be played at either Wembley and Hampden Park, which also means they'll play Scotland if the Scots qualify, and the semi finals and final will also take place at Wembley.

Even England's second round match could be in Dublin or Glasgow, depending where they finish in their group, meaning potentially only their quarter final would be outside the British Isles.

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The cricket team played all over the country during their World Cup before returning to London for the final against New Zealand.

Eoin Morgan's team had the added pressure of going into the tournament as favourites and number one in the world and whilst Southgate's men won't be in the same position their recent performances will bring added pressure.

The Three Lions hadn't reached a tournament semi-final since Euro 96, also on home soil, until last summer's run in the World Cup and they repeated the trick to reach this summer's Nations League semi.

England players gutted after losing a second semi-final in a year. Image: PA Images
England players gutted after losing a second semi-final in a year. Image: PA Images

England have scored 10 goals in their opening two Euro 2020 qualifiers, in a 5-0 win over Czech Republic and a 5-1 victory away to Montenegro, and next play Bulgaria and Kosovo in September.

They will expect to top the group but should they fail to finish in the top two positions they are still guaranteed a play-off after finishing top of their Nations League group.

Can the football team follow their cricketing counterparts and end up as champions next summer?

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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