14 South American stars who could be set for Premier League switches this summer

Having the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho, and Sergio Aguero in the Premier League has been great for the English game.The South American stars, with their varying styles, have brightened up the top flight with their skill, tenacityand tactical adaptability.We could lose all three of these stars in the summer but, never fear, there are plenty more players from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Uruguay, who could come into thys they won’t be moving for Sporting CP ace Bruno Fernandes.Fernandes scmade a sensational move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.Kicker says United and PSG have approached Bayern about a price for the Poland international.Enquiries from both clubs have been lodged over the past week with the European market jored one goal and created another to help Sporting Lisbon earn a 2-2 draw against the Reds in New York’s Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. Having been asked about the possibility of Fe Premier League when the transfer window opens.So who might we see turning up on these shorescontent_img? Click the right arrow above to see the South Americans on the radar…

The most intimidating atmospheres in football

As it’s Halloween, talkSPORT decided to look atsome of the most intimidating/scary atmosppard for the start of content_imgpreseason.Lampard remains Chelsea’s No.1 choice to replace Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge and has been given permission to speak to his former club.He is still in talks over a return to the club where he became record goalscoheres in football. Here are a few which came to mind right away…Olympiakos, GreeceRed Star Belgrade, SerbiaPartizan Belgrade, SerbiaArgentina fansPenarol fans, UruguayDinamo Zagreb, CroatiaCortiba, BrazilWealdstone FC fans, EnglandName the places you think are the most intimidad be forced to cut their losses with Paul Pogba this summer.The Frenchman is expected to force through a transfer after a controversial three seasons at from Old Trafford.United had been hoping to recoup the £90m they paid Juventus for Pogba in 2016ting in the comments below.

CONFIRMED: Jake Livermore joins West Brom from Hull City for £10million

Jake Livermore has completed his move from Hull City to West Brom.The midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half year contract at The Hawthorns after Hull accepted a £10m offer from their Premier League rivals.Livermoremade144 appearances for the Tigers, scoring nine goals, having joined them from Tottenham in 2014.The 27-year-old, who has been capped once by England, is the first signing made by West Bromboss Tony Pulis this month.Pulis said: “We’re very pleased. In this window we’ve lost Callum (McManaman) and Craig (Gardner) so to bring in player like Jake is important for us.“We’re very pleased to get Jake and feel and he can be good addition to team. He’s had a really good background with Tottenham, did very well there and actually got an England cap which I think some people have forgotten. He was outstanding in the two games against us this season.“I watched himinning start after a 1-0 victory over Burnley.The 60-year-old Italian, who won the Premier League and FA Cup double as Chelsea boss in 2009-10, took over at Everton last week and received a fantastic reception from the home fans.Burnley, after two su a lot when he was at Tottenham and thought he would go on to establish himself as a top six player.“Maybe he has just drifted away a little from that – although having said that two promotions and a Cup final with Hull should not be forgotten. But I believe this lad is a very, very good player and I’m delighted we’ve got him.”Livermore avoided a ban in 2015 after failing a drugs test for cocaine following the death of his baby son in 2014. He escaped suspension after the Football Association ruled the death was an overwhelming mitigating an president Massimo Moratti paid tribute to the players after their derby triumph over AC Milan.Moratti felt the 4-2 win was one of greatest ever derbies.“It was one of the most beautiful derby matches of all time,” Moratti told Sport Mediaset.“factor.Pulis added: “He’s a solid kid. He’s had things that have happened in his life that have been very unfortunate and he’s bounced back.“I’ve spoken to a lot of people about him as a person, his character, and I’ve nocontent_imgt had anybody say anything bad about Jake. It’s been glowing reports from everybody who’s worked with him.”Livermore could be in the squad for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Sunderland and trained with his new team mates on Friday morning.Saido Berahino is unlikely to be included as talks continue with Stoke over a potential move, although no agreement has been struck.The Potters have made an offer which falls below Albion’s asking price for the striker, who is out of contract at the end of the season.“Yes we’ve had a bid from Stoke for Saido but it’s nowhere near what want,” Pulis, who remains interested in Watford’s Odion Ighalo, added.“It’s absolutely no business of yours (how much it is). The finances will be down between the two clubs, and whether they can get that done that will be between the clubs but at the moment they’ve made a bid which is nowhere near what this club wants.”Albion will give Jonny Evans a late fitness test with the defender a doubt to face Sunderland with a calf injury while they are also still waiting for confirmation from FIFA that Allan Nyom can play having been left out of Cameroon’s African Nations Cup squad.

LISTEN: Frank Lampard should be fast-tracked into Premier League management role, former Chelsea star Ray Wilkins tells talkSPORT

Ray Wilkins believes Chelsea legend Frank Lampard should go straight into a Premier League management role following Barcelona for Juventus.The 17 year-old striker turned down a new contract offer from Barca to sign for Juve in the summer of 2018.”The truth is it cost me a little, it was my dream to play for Barça as a child,” said Moreno. “But it was my decising his retirement from the game. after a glittering career which saw him win every major club honour.The 38-year-old revealed in a statement that he is now going to embark on the lympique Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele insists he’s not agreed terms with any rival club.PSG, Manchester United and Manchester City have been linked with Ndombele.But he says, “If I know what I’content_imgm going to do next season? No, I do not know yet. It i‘the next chapter’ of his career and has already begun his studies to become a coach.But, while many player-turned-coaches turn to the lower leagues to gain experience, Wilkins believes someone of Lampard’s quality and experience at the top level means he should be given a job in the Premier League immediately.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Chelsea midfeidler and assistant boss said: “I’d love to see Frank going in to management and being given the opportunity.“Obviously you have to take your badges to get involved in coaching, but I just think someone should take a chance with Frank now, put him back in the Premier League and see where he can go as a manager.“A lot of people say you should do your apprenticeship down in the lower leagues to find out what management is all about, but not for me.“Someone like Frank, he has worked with world-class players and has played with world-class players for the last ten years.“He should be working with those types of players. He understands their mentality and understands how to get the best out of them.“I think it would be wonderful if we could see Frank back in the Premier League very quickly – if not now, perhaps next year.”

Liverpool line-up v Everton: Gerrard to start in his final Merseyside derby

Brendan Rodgers taks no problem with Paul Pogba speaking to Real Madrid coacn Zinedine Zidane.The two were pictured together last week in Dubai after Pogba travelled to the UAE for a warm weather rehab programme to aid his recovery from an ankle and foot injury.Solskjaes his Liverpool side to Evertonin what is set to be Steven Gerrard’s final Merseyside derby, and barring a loan move next January, this is likely to be the midfielder’s final trip to Goodison Park.Gerrard reached 700 career games for Liverpool midweek and with just two defeats in 18 games in all competitions, confidence is high amongstthe Red half of Merseyside.Liverpool go into the game with less recovery time , but the atmosphere and intensity of the derby should ensure they’re ready to go at full strength again.Daniel Sturridge marked his return to first-team action last weekend after five mocontent_imgnths out with a goal, but will the England international make his first start? talkSPORT takesa look…Simon Mignolet followed up his impressive display at Chelsea with solid performances against West Ham and Bolton and that should fill the Belgian with confidence following recent criticism.Emre Can, Martin Skrtel, and Mamadou Sakho have developed a strong partnership as part of Liverpool’s back-three.The trio are expected to retain their places and it will be interesting to see how they deal with the threat of Romelu Lukaku.Liverpool look fluid in their 3-4-3 system, and that should see Alberto Moreno and Lazar Markovic continue to operate on the flanks.Gerrard is set for his final appearance against Everton, and despite playing the full 90 minutes on Wednesday at Bolton, will start.Philippe Coutinho continues to impress and the Brazilian’s injury-time winner at the Macron Stadium will likely give him the nod ahead of Adam Lallana.Rodgers hinted Sturridge could start, but given the Englishman has been oder Adrian Mariappa thinks that his side were unlucky against Burnley.The Hornets had chances during the home defeat to the Clarets, but they were not clinical enough when they got in front of goal.Eventually, Burnley got three goals and condemned thut for five months, the Northern Irishman will likely act with caution and placehim onthe bench.That should see Raheem Sterling continue to lead the attack, where the 20-year-old has excelled in recent weeks, including the equaliser at Bolton.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Everton? Comment below…

Leicester City boost! Foxes target Gabriel Barbosa may be allowed to leave Inter Milan, boss suggests

Inter Milan boss Stefano Pioli has hinted that he may allow Gabriel Barbosa to leave in January.The striker, a reported target for Leicester City,only moved to the San Siro in the summer after impressing a number of clubs with his performances in Brazil for Santos.However, since the switch, the 20-year-old has barely featured for his new side and has been linked with a loan move in the new year.The Premier League champions, who looked at the Brazilian in the summer, are reportedly one of those keen on striking a short-term deal – as are Serie A duo Empoli anis excited at the prospect of linking up with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard when he arrives at Real Madrid this summer.While nothing has been signed or agreed as of yet, it is largely believed that the English outfit will be willing to sell the Belgium interd Genoa.And all those clubek is ready to leave Ajax this summer.The midfielder played a key role in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semifinals this season.BILD says Van de Beek has informed management – via his agents – that he wishes to leave this summer.Borussia Dortmunds chasing the striker have now been given a boost after Pioli admitted he currently has too many forwards.“I hope to have less players, especially in attack,” Pioli told Gazzetta dello Sport.“I also value, above all, human relatiocontent_imgnships. Without the Europa League, the ideal is to coach a group of 23-24 players at most.“It’ll be a transitional market for everyone, I don’t think you can change much in January.”

Jurgen Klopp urges his Liverpool players to be ‘patient’ when they face ‘experienced’ West Bromwich Albion side

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged his players to be patient in what he predicts will be a tough test against a resolute West Bromwich Albion side.Last season, Tony Pulis’ side frustrated the Reds when they met, managing to grind out draws in both Premier League fixtures.And Klopp admits he expects a similarly stern test this time around when the two sides meet in the Saturday evening fixture,live on talkSPORTfrom 5.30.The German said: “West Brom are a very, very experienced team with a very experienced manager.“They don’t come here and want to make it easy for us or make it easy for our crowd to enjoy it. They want a result and I respect this. We need to find a way to play them, that’s all.”Liverannot afford a slow start to the season.United host Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 11, followed by what is likely to be a testing trip to Wolves eight days later. “The transfer window will close when the league starts and the start of the seasonpool missed out on last season’s European places after continually dropping points against the so-called lesser sides.This time around however, Klopp is hoping to avoid a similar predicament by opting for a more measured approach against one of the division’s more shrewd operators.“For this we need to be kind of angry content_imgbut in the same moment we need to be patient again, all of us, the crowd and the players. All that they are doing in defending is to make us feel uncomfortable, not to do what we want to do,” he added.“Early goals would help, three early goals would really help! But they are really experienced, are verNewcastle United.The Mirror says the Venezuelan has been linked to Marseille, Wolves and West Ham United of late but he has told friends he wants to join the Magpies on a permanent basis.Rondon is unlikely to remain at West Brom given their failure ty good at defending and have had no high (losses) until now.”

Reports – Southampton open talks with Atletico Madrid over Toby Alderweireld

Southampton have opened talks with Atletico Madrid over a permanent move for Tottenham target Toby Alderweireld, according to reports.Amid speculation Spurs were ready to hijack their attempts to land the 26-year-old Belgium international, it’s understood the south coast club are hoping to steal a march on other interested parties having already entered into negotiations with the Spanish outfit.Alderweireld, who joined Atletico from Dutch club Ajax in September 2013, spent last season on loan at St Mary’s and made 26 Barclays Premier League appearances, all of them starts, as the Saints finished in an impressive seventh place.Manager Ronald Koeman is keen to retain his services, and while any deal may prove complicated, he is optimistic.Speaking earlier this week, Koeman said: &#8ssage for unity ahead of their FA Cup replay with Wolves.United’s 4-0 home win over Norwich on Saturday was marred by chants condemning owners the Glazers and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.Solskjaer praised the Glazers and Woodward in the wake 220;The player likes to stay, we like to keep the player but it’s a littlent forward Alexis Claude-Maurice, according to Sky Sports.20-year-old Claude-Maurice scored 14 goals in 35 appearances for Lorient last season in Ligue 2.Arsenal have been linked with the France international recently, but it is West Ham who have noe difficulty at the moment with Atletico Mcontent_imgadrid. I have a good hope he will stay for Southampton.”

Hull City FC news: Adama Diomande banned for three matches after accepting FA violent conduct charge

Hull striker Adama Diomande has been suspended for three matches after the club opted not to appeal against his charge of violent conduct.Diomande was alleged to have struck Bristol City midfielder Marlon Pack in the closing stages of Tuesday’s EFL Cup win at Ashton Gate and the Tigers were considering their options after he was charged by the Football Association on Thursday.The Norway international will miss Saturday’s Premier League trip to Watford, plus next month’s games against Southampton and Sunderland.“Adama Diomande has been banned for three matches after being charged with violent conduct by the Football Association,” the club confirmed on their official website.“The incident occurred in or around the 90th minute of Tuesday’s night’s EFL Cup tie at Bristol City.“The club opted not to appeal against the charge.”The loss of Diomande is another untimely blow for Phelan, whose side have lost two successive leaguen advanced talks to sign Barcelona striker Abel Ruiz.Sport says Ruiz is set to leave Barcelona in the coming days and join the Portuguese side Sporting on an 18-month loan deal. He will become the third player to leave the club this month, following games since he was appointed permanent manager and slipped into the bottom three after last Saturday’s fifth straight league defeat against Stoke.Fellow striker Dieumerci Mbokani is still struggling with a hamstring problem, leading goalscorer Robert Snodgrass is sidelined due to an ankle injury and defender Andrew Robertson (calf) was recently ruled out for eight weeks.Phelan said he had been unaware of the incident involving Diomande in Bristol.“I didn’t see it at the time because it was literally just as the referee blew the whistle so I only found out (on Thursday),” he said.“Nothing was said about it. Nothing was brought to my attention after the game.&#th.The Denmark under-21 international was the club’s most expensive purchase of the recent summer transfer window.At £15 million, Billing is a significant investment for a club that is not known for paying big transfer fees.But Billing only cares ab8220;What I do know is that during the game there was an incident where Dio took a knock in the nether regions and he felt that quite painfully.“But nothing was done or said about that so it’s just one of those things where people have brought this to the attention of the regulative body.”Phelan revealed Snodgrass’s latest injury is not as bad as first feared when he limped out of the KCOM Stadium at the weekend in a protective boot and on crutches.The Scotland international returned from a tortuous 16-month spell on the sidelines in December last year after dislocating his knee cap.“He’s an experienced, quality player obviously,” Phelan said. “He’s had his injury issues for a period of time, but for him to get an innocuous injury – I think the goalkeeper fell on him – and his ankle swelled up quite badly.“That seems to be settling down reasonably quick, so all the fears of long-term injury is looking a bit better.“He’s progressing better then I expected, but we need to assess the situation going into next week.”Phelan, content_imgjoined in the dug-out by new assistant Neil McDonald in midweek, confirmed academy manager Tony Pennock had been promoted to the first-team coaching staff and that he hoped to further strengthen his backroom team.He said plans were already being put in place for the January transfer window but, contrary to reports, former West Ham striker Ravel Morrison, currently in Italy with Lazio, was not currently a player he was targeting.

Arsenal FC news: Giroud laughed at for his goal celebration v Bournemouth

In just a few days Olivier Giroud has gonefrom genius to laughing stock.The Arsenal striker scored one of the goals of the season againstn principle to amend the deadline of the summer transfer window to the traditional closing date at the end of August, reports Sky Sports.The deadline for the 2020 Summer Transfer Window will close at 5pm on September 1, as August 31 is a Bank Holiday Crystal Palace on New Year’s day, but then paid tribute to that goal in his celebration against Bournemouth on 3 January following his late strike in the 3-3 draw.However, although Giroud’s goal aga Reds will drop points again this weekend against Tottenham.Liverpool drew 1-1 with old rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, ending the European champions’ 100% record in the Premier League this season. “I am at Anfield for this gameinst 10-man Bournemouth was an injury-time equaliser,there were still a number of minutes left to try and score a winner; a point seemingly lost on the Frenchman, who was busy wasting time with his choreographed celebration.For this, Giroudwas widely ridiculed by both Arsenal supporters and other clubs’ fans, in particular those at Spurs.Manycontent_img highlighted the factAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain was trying to restart the game quickly and others interpreted the look onAlexis Sanchez’s face as one of contempt…

‘Ian Wright smashed the falsetto and Yannick Bolasie’s bars are better than his corners!’ Arsenal and Crystal Palace fans The Manor take our quiz

Each week, leading musicianstakeour Starting XI Q&A. This week it’s The Manor, who, between them, support Arsenal and Crystal Palace…Gazza’s waterbottle from Euro 1996 to stay hydrated, and Artful Dodger – All About The Stragglers to keep the vibes up.Number one song to get us on the map, thenmake a load of money, buy the club and get it back to the top of the Premier League ourselves!Harry Redknapp.Music doesn’t pay well and on a shoestring budget he’d blag a good studio and featuring artist to get himself to the top.We tried a World Cup song and England went out the day we released it, when we lostto Uruguay in 2014, which Ithink is a world record for quickest exit after a release. So, James Bond.Yannick Bolasie, his bars are better than his corners, according to diehard Crystal Palace boy Scotty.Arsenal FA Cup song, during the double year of 1998. It was a remix of the Donna Summer classic ‘Hot Stuff’, and if Iremember rightly,Wrighty smashed a falsetto!!First match was Wimbledon vArsenalat Selhurst Park in 1997.I went with my mate from school, but the floodlights went out and the match got abandoned;Ilost my ticket and couldn’t go to the rematch. And to make things even worse, my mate – who was a ManchesterUnited fan –kept his, went to the rematch and got to throw the ball back to Marc Overmars!Music idolswould be Mike Skinner, Jamiroquai, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Lauryn Hill, Lou Reed, Styles P, Bob Marley, Paul Weller, Damon Albarn, Armand Van Helden, MJCole, and Amy Winehouse, to name a few.Ian Wright, one of the greatest finishers of all time, couubiak, 23, will spend the rest of the season in Paisley after leaving a loan at Gillingham, where he played with fellow new recruit Lee Hodson.St Mirren are the league’s lowest scorers and manager Jim Goodwin believes that Jakubiak, who had a spell ald score every type of goal and had bags of self belief and swagger. Travesty he wasn’t an England regular, but he’s an Arsenal legend nonetheless.SL2 – On ARagga Tip. It’s our pre-show anthem, a favourite at our house parties and is guaranteed to get everyone on their toes and kill any pre-match nerves.The FA Cupcomeback against Hull City. We were 2-0 down when we got to the pub and our Spurs-supportingmate Lager Lou was giving it, but it made the win all the sweeter. Also it was the fit of a signing spree over the next ten days.The Manchester Evening News says United are hopeful of concluding more deals before they leave for their pre-season tour next month.Senior club sources say content_imgwork is going on behind the scenes to reinforce thrst time we’d waited that long for a trophy after being spoilt for so long. Got a taste of how my old man felt when we won at Anfield in 1989after the rough years of the 1970s/80s.Giggsy, ’tilend of season!

Everton FC transfer news: Ronald Koeman keen on Juventus’ back-up goalkeeper Neto

Everton and Lazio are both interested in Juventus goalkeeper Netrst start since recovering from injury.The Hornets attacker was on the bench against Manchester United, ntation after feeling light headed.After drinking some water, trying to get some air and covering his face with his hand for a few seconds, the 21-year-old apologised.”I’m getting dizzy and feel sick,” he said before asking to leave, whilst looking vbut may get the nod to start against Liverpool.Watford would not have much hope of getting anything against the runaway league leaders, but they ao.The 27-year-old is currently playing second fiddle to Gianluigi Buffon in Turin and he is hungry for more action.That, according to reports in Italy, has alerted both Evertocontent_imgn and Lazio, who are keen on signing the Brazilian.Lazio have held an interest in Neto since the summer and they are prepared to part with around £6m to secure his services.Everton, meanwhile, are also on the hunt for a long-term goalkeeper after Tim Howard joined the Colorado Rapids.Juventus are reportedly respectful of Neto’s desire to gain first-team football and will let him go if a suitable replacement can be found in January.

Transfer ALERT! Atletico Madrid to challenge Liverpool and Tottenham to race for Sassuolo ace Domenico Berardi

Atletico Madrid have reignited their pursuit of Liverpool and Tottenham target Domenico Berardi.Reports in Italy last month claimed that the Sassuoy.Luiz made the confession in a tribute to Emery.He posted to social media: “Sad day for everybody, especially because we let u down Boss, sorry.”Thank you and the amazing staff for everything. You are a hard worker, passionate for football and a biglo ace had already agreed to join Inter Milan in the summer.However, it appears as though that suggestion was wide of the mark and now the chasing pack have been given fresh hope ahead of the summer transfer window.Both Liverpool and Spurs have been extensively linked with the Genoa.Motta has accepted Genoa’s offer to become their new coach, replacing Aurelio Andreazzoli.The 37-year-old former midfielder played for the Rossoblu during the 2008-09 campaign.He retired from professional football at the end of 2017-18 and spen22-year-old striker, who has scored 40 goals in 102 Serie A outings for the club.But, according to El Mcontent_imgundo Deportivo, Atletico Madrid are drawing up a second approach for Berardi.The Spanish club, who had an offer rebuffed by Sassuolo last summer, have sent scouts to watch him in action this month and are now hopeful of concluding a deal.

Jose Mourinho ‘took Chelsea from small club to champions and should be respected by fans’, says ex-Man United striker Diego Forlan

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan insists Jose Mourinho should get a warm reception from Chelsea fans on Sunday for ‘taking a small club and making them champions’.Red Devils boss Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for the first time since he was sacked by the club last year.The build-up to the highly-anticipated clash has been dominated by the Portuguese boss and whethers to be playing regularly.Giroud is off contract at the end of the season.”I’m a competitor,” he told the Daily Mail. “I’m 32, almost 33. I feel very good physically. I have one of the best physical tests [at Chelsea]. I feel well with my body and th he will meet a sensational or steely welcome from his former supporters.But ex-Red Devils Forlan insists they have to show their gratitude to Mourinho for how he transformed the club during his celebrated for spell as manager.Forlan toldThe National: “When is asked my captain Roy Keane and otherManchester Unitedplayers about Chelsea, they explained: ‘Chelseaare a small club, nothing like as big asLiverpoolorArsenal’.“In my time at United, Chelsea were bought by Roman Abramovich and would go on to become one of the strongest teams in the world.“Jose Mourinho would also take charge just before I left England. He had become a hero there, taking a ‘small club’ and making them champions of England for the first time in 50 years.“Mourinho is loved by Chelsea and can expect a good reception when he returns with his new club – United – on Sunday, even though he is trying to defeat the club who sacked him a year ago.”An away victory for Mourinho would see United leacontent_imgpfrog Chelsea in the Premier League table, but Forlan insists he should get a warm reception from supporters despite the magnitude of the meeting.“Chelsea fans would probably prefer he was not at United,” said the Uruguayan. “He achieved so much at Chelsea, winning the league in both of his spells there.“That is why they will welcome him at Stamford Bridge, even though it is a game that neither he nor his Antonio Conte can afford to lose.“English fans are good like that and it helps that he is not a player, who could have a more visible igainst Carabao Cup opponents Rochdale.The United youngster is set to be involved tonight.He told MUTV, “They’re a League One side, a tough team and physical but that’s part of the game anyway. Every team we play against will be physical, that’s a gmpact on the game.”

Gareth Southgate warns England excesses could kill off hopes of success

Gareth Southgate has warned England’s players they cannot afford to take liberties with free time on international duty.The 46-year-old became the Three Lions’ third permanent manager of a turbulent year on Wednesday, penning a four-year deal following an interim stint in charge.The high point of that four-match spell was a 3-0 defeat of oldest foes Scotland in World Cup qualification, but the subsequent break led to the lowest ebb as pictures emerged of Wayne Rooney looking the worse for wear.England’s captain was not alone and other squad members were reportedly seen out, leading free time to be reassessed as Southgate starts to implement his ideas.“Where I will be clear is that there is a level of expectation when you are with England,” the new manager said.“We talk about pressure and we spend most of our time trying to relieve it, so if we put ourselves in positions where we are going to increase that pressure it is not intelligent.“I think it is important as a playing squad and group of staff we recognise that and we want to be a top team, so if we want that everything we do has to be geared towards improving.“The way we look after ourselves, there has to be time to unwind, there is a time to have a glass of beer or wine, but that has got to be done at the appropriate time and at the right level if we aren’t going to inhibit the way we perform.“If we think we are good enough to play against the best and give ourselves a slight handicap along the way, good luck with that.”Southgate has plenty of time to review the current set-up given his first match in permanent charge is not until March.The 57-cap former defender intends to create a “high-performance culture” – one where he does not believe draconian rules will work but clear “lines of what is acceptable and what isn’t” will.Southgate used the All Blacks as an example to follow on Thursday, when his unveiling meant a meeting with England rugby union coach Eddie Jones had to be postponed.Australian Jones has questioned the leadership culture of a team that required a curfew after the controversy surrounding Rooney and Co, with 13 straight Test wins after a miserable World Cup suggesting a level of ownership and accountability within the rugby ranks.“You’ve got to have that switch-off, every elite sportsman has got to have that switch-off,” Southgate said.“But to what degree that is and what that looks like, does need some … I won’t say ‘management’ but, come on, how good do we want to be?“What do we want to be as we go forward? Every athlete has that decision to make in terms of their, I won’t say ‘sacrifice’, but decisions that they are going to make. And we’ve got good competition for places.“So the days are gone from when I was younger, where we did have beers after a game. Fish ncy was being taken away from him.Emery has replaced Xhaka with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following the fallout after the Swiss’ blow-up with fans during the draw with Crystal Palace last week.He said, “He’s not here today but also I think we need toand chips and beer on the way home on the coach, and probably fall off the bus.“The rest of the league aren’t doing that now. The rest of the world aren’t doing that.“So we are competing in a different landscape and we have to be as professional and well prepared as everybody else before we even start looking at how good we are technically or tactically.”Even if time off is not scrapped, a repeat of the high jinks witnessed during last month’s break looks unlikely.Rooney took the most flak but his manager attempted to draw attention away from him, saying the only time he saw his captain that night was when he popped into a coaching meeting at 10.30pm.Southgate was pressed on the matter but did not divulge any more, joking that the only person he has told to go to bed in the last few years was his son.“I think the detail of everything else is unimportant,” he said. “For me, the important thing is what we do now as a group of players, and as a group of staff.“The culture we create, the environment profile is rapidly growing.Tottenham have announced a new shirt sponsor deal with AIA, worth £320m over eight years.And at the press conference to announce the deal, Levy stated: “I’d like to think we’re going in a very positive direction and we wi that we want to have, has got to be one of excellence. And we’ve got to strive to be the best we can be.“Because for me the end game isn’t getting the job here.”Southgate has already spoken of his desire to lead the side at Wembley when it hosts the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final – a point by which Rooney will have retired from international football.The 31-year-old intends to call time on his England career after the 2018 World Cup, ahead of which Southgate confirmed the forward will retrain the captain’s armband.However, the England boss showed in Slovenia that he is not afraid to drop Rooney.“When you do have a permanent captain – and I’ve had this at club level – as soon as you leave them out of the team, it becomes a massive story,” Southgate said.“The whole situation we had in Slovenia, which Wayne dealt with brilliantly, was a bigger issue when you name a permanent captain.“My ideal is what we had in Euro 96 – six or seven guys that are captains of thcontent_imgeir club, that are men, that stand up and take responsibility on the field.”