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12 Jul 2021

LMA - EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 STATEMENT

The LMA applauds the England Men’s Senior team, the players, coaching staff, and LMA President and England Manager Gareth Southgate, for their inspiring performances throughout the UEFA European Championship 2020. The success of this remarkable squad, in reaching England’s first final in 55 years, is the culmination of a huge amount of work, on and off the pitch, by hundreds of coaches and clubs throughout the English football pyramid over a period of many years.

During his five years as England Manager, Gareth has nurtured this talented generation of English players and developed a culture and environment which enables the team to compete at the highest level. He has demonstrated strong and empathetic leadership through innovation, integrity and tactical expertise, and the performances at Euro 2020 have united the nation during an exceptionally difficult period.

With the National Football Centre at St. George's Park providing a central hub for coach education, player development and elite performance, Gareth and his team have in place the foundations to build a legacy of success for years to come. We echo the nation's appreciation and pride in England's achievements and we wish Gareth and his team a well-deserved break ahead of continuing their FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign.

Unfortunately, yesterday’s celebration of football was marred by the wholly unacceptable behaviour of a minority, whose presence in the game will never be accepted. The LMA and its members stand united with the England players and the rest of the game in opposition to those who post abhorrent racial abuse on social media. We call upon the relevant authorities to take the strongest possible action to hold these individuals to account.

Finally, the LMA congratulates its members Roberto Mancini and Gianluca Vialli, and their players, on winning the UEFA European Championship trophy. Italy’s record of 34 matches unbeaten since 2018 demonstrates the exceptional job that Roberto has done leading the Italian national team.