Southgate urges English people to stay united

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Fri, 20 Mar 2020 - 02:44 GMT

Soccer Football - World Cup - Quarter Final - Sweden vs England - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - July 7, 2018 England manager Gareth Southgate salutes their fans after the match REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Soccer Football - World Cup - Quarter Final - Sweden vs England - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - July 7, 2018 England manager Gareth Southgate salutes their fans after the match REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

CAIRO-20 March 2020: England manager Gareth Southgate sent an open letter to English people across the country, urging them to stay united and face the tough test of coronavirus.

"For everyone in our country, the primary focus of the present – and the coming months – is undoubtedly to look after our families, support our communities and work together to come through what is clearly the most extreme test that we’ve faced collectively in decades." The manager wrote.

Southgate leads the Three Lions since 2016 and he was preparing with his staff and players to play two friendly games against Italy and Denmark but the games were postponed.

Southgate continued "We were due to play next week and to represent you all this summer, but now is clearly not the moment for us to take centre-stage. The heroes will be the men and women who continue working tirelessly in our hospitals and medical centres to look after our friends and families."

The English manager led the English team to 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinals and they were one of the main contenders to win the European title this summer.

However, the governing body of European football, UEFA, decided to postpone the UEFA EURO 2020 to 2021 summer to buy time for domestic federations to complete the season.

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