ENGLAND’S kids will be protected by Gareth Southgate — just as Sir Alex Ferguson did Ryan Giggs.
The Three Lions head coach will follow in the ex-Manchester United boss’ shoes when it comes to shielding youngsters from the pitfalls of fame.
Reuters2 Gareth Southgate will protect youngsters like Jadon Sancho from the pitfalls of fame
Getty – Contributor2 Sir Alex Ferguson nurtured Ryan Giggs to the top at Manchester United
Southgate said: “That comes into everything — how much we expose them to the public, how much we put them into commercial situations.
“We’ve got to be thinking about all of that all of the time because it’s very easy for them to enjoy these moments, and they’ve got to enjoy these moments, but equally, there’s a good balance.
“I always think of Sir Alex with Ryan and how he did that so well. They had sustained success because of that.”
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Declan Rice, 20, and Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, made senior debuts against the Czech Republic in a match which was also the first competitive start for Jadon Sancho, who turns 19 on Monday.
Southgate added: “Although they’re not our players on a day-to-day basis, we’ve got a responsibility to look after them as much as we can.”
Ferguson enjoyed his success at United by nurturing players like Giggs and the Class of ’92.