World Cup 2022: Deschamps Lauds Southgate Ahead of France England Game

World Cup 2022: Deschamps Lauds Southgate Ahead of France England Game

  • France coach Didier Deschamps urges more respect for Gareth Southgate from English fans
  • Southgate is viewed by English fans as too conservative and limiting the team's potential
  • Deschamps also reminded England that Kylian Mbappe will be decisive in the match

England versus France in the quarter-final of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup is the most talked about match as the knockout stages enter the second round.

There have been a lot of talking points and war of words from both nations, but French manager Didier Deschamps has taken out time to appreciate his counterpart Gareth Southgate.

Didier Deschamps, Gareth Southgate, England, France, World Cup, Qatar
Didier Deschamps calls for more respect for Gareth Southgate from English fans ahead of France England game. Photos by Franck Fife/Michael Regan.
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Gareth Southgate has been a subject of criticisms from many English fans for his conservative coaching approach which many believe is limiting the potentials of the squad.

Deschamps has now called on English fans to give more respect to their former player as he is someone he likes personally.

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Deschamps statement on Southgate

Deschamps made the call for Southgate while speaking to the press ahead of the crunch game as quoted by GFFN.

''He’s not especially appreciated or valued in his country. Just because he’s been a player previously doesn’t mean he can’t be a very good manager. He’s had some good results. On a human level, he’s someone I like a lot.”

Southgate has been England's manager since 2016 and guided the team to a fourth place finish at the 2018 World Cup and runners-up at Euro 2020.

Deschamp fires Mbappe warning

Didier Deschamps has warned England that PSG star Kylian Mbappe will be decisive in the match, but all focus should not be put on him.

"Kylian has this capacity to make the difference. In the last game, where he wasn’t at his best compared to the first two, he was still decisive. Spreading the danger for our opponents will avoid the focus being on him.”

Southgate has plans for Mbappe

Sports Brief earlier reported that Gareth Southgate revealed plans to stop Mbappe. The menacing forward has the majority of the match's highlight on him.

Mbappe is a winger who does not track back to support his fullback and it is a weakness Southgate and his team will exploit by using one of Phil Foden or Marcus Rashford.

England right back Kyle Walker who is expected to start will also need to be on top of his game to stop Mbappe from causing damage.