Gareth Southgate wants fans and players to be great ambassadors for England

Javier Howell
April 7, 2017

The match with Lithuania is mostly about ensuring England collect three points at home and there should be no problem, with former manager Roy Hodgson having produced a flawless 10 in qualification for Euro 2016, followed by victory in Sam Allardyce's sole qualifier in charge and two wins and an away draw under Southgate in group F for the 2018 World Cup.

The 29-year-old who lost his place at Manchester City when Pep Guardiola, took over at the Etihad is now on loan at Torino and has played 28 times for the Italian club this season. At 29 he is the second-oldest player remaining in Southgate's squad, after Jermain Defoe, and with 69 caps the most experienced. "I'd love to one day be able to do that", said Dier.

The England Supporters Travel Club has written to members warning anyone involved in anti-social, xenophobic or disrespectful behaviour in Germany will have their membership withdrawn.

Southgate urged England fans to make up for those ugly scenes by respecting a minute's silence before the Lithuania clash for the victims of last week's terror attack in London.

Manchester United duo Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have both withdrawn from the squad, which will deplete the Three Lions' defence to a large extent, especially with Gary Cahill serving a suspension.

Germany won the friendly match 1-0, with a goal by Lukas Podolski, who retired from worldwide soccer on Wednesday, at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.

"Every time I'm in an England squad I'll probably think about it", he said.

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"Some question a keeper being captain but I did it with Jack Butland in the Under-21s". They're good in counter-attack and against Scotland scored with some good interplay with their front players.

"I think our responsibility is to set an example in what we do and say and you hope others will follow that", he said.

"He's a player we've worked with in the Under-21s so we know him well, we know his personality and character", he added.

Southgate is the third England manager Dier has played under, following Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce's one-game tenure.

"He's already the captain of his club - a Premier League captain - at a very young age, which tells you a lot about his leadership qualities and the type of person he is".

It's a huge compliment for a player who was inexplicably dropped for the Iceland defeat in the summer, despite being England's best players at the Euros.

England boss Gareth Southgate will have delighted Tottenham supporters on Saturday afternoon after he predicted an early comeback for injured star Harry Kane.