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Gareth Southgate says he understands Wales’ attitude towards England because he lives in Yorkshire

28 Nov 2022 3 minute read
England manager Gareth Southgate. Picture by Nick Potts

Gareth Southgate has said that he understands Wales’ attitude to playing against England because he lives in Yorkshire.

The England manager says that people in Yorkshire “feel the same about the rest of England” as Wales does.

But he said that the animosity between the two teams was nothing more than a “sporting rivalry”.

“Well, basically they’re here and we’re right there!” he said with a smile. “There’s not a lot more I can say than that, really.

“It’s like any two countries whose borders are next to each other.

“There’s a competitive rivalry. For me, it’s a great sporting rivalry. It’s no more than that.

“That feeling might not be mutual, but I can understand that as well. I live in Yorkshire. They feel the same about the rest of England, so that’s where we’re at.

“It’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium and we’re really looking forward to the game.”


England are assured of progress to the last 16 should they avoid a four-goal defeat to Wales, whose hopes hang by a thread after drawing with the US and losing to Iran in heart-breaking fashion.

But Gareth Southgate said that there would be no local of motivation to succeed on his players’ part.

“We want to win football matches,” the England boss said. “We have got to balance freshness with stability, so that’s always a decision you’re making when you’re picking a team.

“We’ve got a chance to win the group with a positive result, so there’s a lot for both teams resting on the game.

“There’s no game where there isn’t pressure on either team and really our performance is the key.

“We played well with the ball in our first game, scored a lot of goals. The second game was tougher for us, we defended really well.

“Now we want to put both elements of the game together.”


England head into the match as favourites against a Welsh side looking for their first World Cup win since 1958 – and first against their neighbours since 1984.

“They obviously have some world-class players who can produce moments of brilliance and have done for a long time with their clubs, with their country,” Southgate said. “They have a good spirit, they have a good organisation.

“We know the quality of the Ukraine team they beat to get to these finals and we know that they seem to have additional motivation to play against England from what they’re saying.”

Among those comments were those from towering Wales striker Kieffer Moore, who this month said he would love to knock out England.

“He’s entitled to say whatever he wants leading into a game,” Southgate said when the former England C international’s comments were put to him. “I’d be amazed if he didn’t feel that way.

“We’ve got to just focus on what we’re about, preparing for the game in our normal way.

“We’ve got to bring our quality to the game and composure and play with tempo that makes our team really difficult to play against.

“So, it’s pointless us focusing on what is said before the game. We’ve got to go on the pitch and play well.”

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1 year ago

Do people in Yorkshire get told not to speak their language and suppress their culture. While being called a sheep shagger and told they don’t pay tax?

Restless shade of the assassinated Tywysog Lloegr
Restless shade of the assassinated Tywysog Lloegr
1 year ago
Reply to  Karl

Not now. But they did. Yorkshire is half of Yr Hen Ogledd. This is what would have happened to Cymru if the Saxons had managed to overrun us.
Echoes of our culture still persist there, but they don’t recognise them. They are the Cymry who don’t know who they are.

1 year ago
Reply to  Karl

People in Yorkshire often do express that they feel that they are treated with contempt by Westminster to some degree, yes. There is some historical antipathy between the Northeast of England and the wealthier Southern regions. Many people there expressed support for our second homes proposals for instance, partly because they have been encountering similar issues and want to see action taken in the North. Yes, the language factor does not apply in the same context but many other issues do. We also forget that like Wales, the Northeast of England is among the poorest and underinvested regions of the… Read more »

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David Charles pearn
David Charles pearn
1 year ago
Reply to  SundanceKid

Bloody hell give the tories credit with their levelling up campaign, because anyone with half of a brain cell knows its bulls..t. They’re not going to level anything up.

Restless shade of the assassinated Tywysog Lloegr
Restless shade of the assassinated Tywysog Lloegr
1 year ago

Well yes. Understandable. Yorkshire is Yr hen Ogledd. They are the lost Cymry. They are our people too. They have just forgotten this. Is this not widely known?
The land which includes Elmed and Rheged, bordering Gododdin

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Christine Jones
Christine Jones
1 year ago

The degree of naivety and disrespect that a lot of English people display towards Cymru is startling. But they know that they can use and abuse us, be it Welsh Not, drowning our valleys, or sheep-shagging references, and very few Cymry will actually do anything, except sing! Rather than striving for independence, and self and universal respect, so many of our people are content with reaching for their copy of the Daily Mail.

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