Conor Coady said a speech by Gareth Southgate ahead of the European Championship left him with goosebumps as the England international prepares for his first major tournament.
The Wolves defender, who has five England caps to his name, has established himself as a figurehead in the Southgate camp and is hoping for a starting place in the squad that will face Croatia in the opener of the Group D at Wembley on Sunday – live on talkSPORT.
The 28-year-old can’t wait for it to start and revealed how a conversation between Southgate and his players – which included a video aimed at showing the team how important representing his country at the tournament will be – made it even more so got carried away.
“All the gaffer’s talk and what we talked about was amazing,” Coady told Faye Carruthers, talkSPORT England correspondent.
“It was something we weren’t expecting. It gave me goosebumps watching the video and hearing it. He spoke about our own heritage and making memories for the people of this country.
“What we’ve all been through this year and what we’re all looking forward to now in what we hope will be the next four or five weeks. He spoke of the sun shining on us.
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Southgate wrote an open letter to fans on Monday insisting England won’t just ‘stick to football’ at the tournament as they pledged to tackle online abuse in the middle growing racism on social media in recent years.
England stars Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker, Reece James, Tyrone Mings and Jude Bellingham have been victims of racial violence online during the 2020/21 season.
In an open letter to English fans in The Players’ Tribune, Southgate said: “This is a special group. Humble, proud and free to be themselves.
“Our players are role models. And, beyond the boundaries of the field, we must recognize the impact they can have on society. We need to give them the confidence to stand up for their teammates and the things that matter to them as people.
“I never believed we had to stick to football.
“I know my voice carries weight, not because of who I am, but because of my position. At home I’m below the kids and dogs in the pecking order, but publicly I’m the manager of the England men’s football team. I have a responsibility towards the community at large to use my voice, and the players too… ”