Gareth Southgate has said that he will be favouring style over results as he takes charge of his first England Under 21 game tonight against Moldova.
This statement shouldn’t effect punters though as Unibet still has confidence that Southgate will win his opening fixture tonight with some tempting odds.
Stuart Pearce’s reign was driven by results but ultimately failed with no style back-up as his side crashed out of the 2013 European Under 21 Championship this summer.
“I’m under a little less pressure for results, although we want to get them in the habit of winning,” Southgate told the BBC.
England should be favourites to triumph tonight and eventually qualify as they face Wales, San Marino, Finland and Lithuania.
Lithuania already top the group after they’ve played three games, beating San Marino twice and drawing with Finland.
England must get a winning start to cement their dominance on this group and see that Southgate could well be the way forward for the England youth setup.
Whether the new manager’s style-over-winning philosophy will succeed is yet to be seen. “But winning alone is not our aim. They’ve got to learn to win a certain way to be of use to the seniors. There’s an opportunity to play in a certain style that will prepare these youngsters for when they go into the senior team,” Southgate said.
Southgate announced Andre Wisdom as his captain earlier this week, and you can see the press conference below courtesy of FATV on YouTube