England team setup urgently needs more women – Southgate


England boss Gareth Southgate reckons that there are not enough women working on the men’s national team setup.

The 51-year-old mentor agrees that the women’s game has progressed in many aspects in England, but insists that does not reflect around his staff.

He mentioned there are only two women who are currently working with the national team during his interview at the Royal Television Society’s Cambridge Convention.

“We’ve got some women that work with the team but we haven’t got enough,” he said.

“We’ve got a staff of 40, so that’s nowhere near where we should be.

“Women’s football, firstly, where I know changes [have] come is that I meet dads who proudly come up and say, ‘My daughter plays football’.

“Five years ago, that didn’t happen. I don’t know if the girls weren’t playing or the dads weren’t proud that they were playing, but that’s been the shift.

“I think [it is] far more acceptable, if that’s the right word, for girls to play now and [there are] more teams, more clubs. Dads [are] now excited by that.

“I coach my daughter’s team and there’s a real enthusiasm for it.

“I think that’s different to where we are currently in terms of diversity of staff within the game. We haven’t got that right with my team.”

Southgate continued: “Within the Football Association we are actually very diverse, gender-wise, with 38% female, I think.

“But as my daughter said to me, ‘Oh, that’s good is it, dad?’ – I had to say, ‘good point’.

“For me, that’s a great reminder. What world do I want for my daughter? What opportunities do I want for my daughter?

“That very quickly changes your outlook on the way that you view women’s sport and the way you view opportunities for women within our sport.”

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By FARPost Reporter