Gareth Southgate explains reminder Christian Eriksen ordeal has served England’s players

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Gareth Southgate has revealed how Christian Eriksen’s heart scare has provided a timely reminder England must seize their chance of glory.

Southgate told his players they must have “no regrets” ahead of the Battle of Britain with Scotland and believes the Euros is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Denmark star Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during his team’s defeat to Finland and needed life-saving treatment which shocked the football world and was a wake-up call for Southgate.

England boss Southgate said: “When we saw what happened with Christian Eriksen the other day, it was just another reminder that you have got to go for things in life and give them the best possible shot.

Gareth Southgate says Christian Eriksen's ordeal has served as a reminder to his players to go for glory
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“At least when you're finished, you don't have regrets about things you did not have a go at or performances that were inhibited. We have got to go for it.

“Tournaments define England managers, there is no doubt about that. If you look at our history, most of our win records are reasonably similar but the tournament performances define you.

“We are aware of that and know they are the things that really matter for the country and really matter for the team.”

Southgate also revealed how had he not beaten Scotland in November 2016 then his reign as England manager would have been over before it really started.

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He reluctantly took over after on a temporary basis after Sam Allardyce was sacked and only got the job permanently after the Scotland game but says had they not won 3-0 then life would have been very different.

Southgate added: “If we had not beaten Scotland – you're right – you would not be speaking to me here.

“On a personal level, by the time we got there I felt it was a job I wanted even though I was never going to say that publicly. But I knew having worked with the players and having had a closer insight into the workings of the job it was something I wanted to go for in my life.

“I had kind of regretted not having had a go at it and would never have known what might have been possible. That is not a good position to be in, in your life.”

Southgate has also confirmed Harry Maguire will be in the squad against Scotland after recovering from his ankle injury.

“Harry will be involved tomorrow, the decision we have got to make is whether he is ready to start,” Southgate said.

“We are really pleased with his progress, he has trained with the team for four or five days now and had no reaction. Each session he is involved in he gets more confident. He is on a really good path.

“We want everyone available, it causes difficult decisions but this morning we had 26 players on the training pitch and that is a great position to be in."

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