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How Gareth Southgate took a leaf from Chris Wilder's Sheffield United playbook to inspire England to World Cup semi-finals

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13.07.2018

Gareth Southgate deserves credit for many things: Writing letters to fans, promoting M&S waistcoats and guiding England, including three former Sheffield United players, into the semi-finals of this summer's World Cup.

But, without wishing to piddle on the England manager's parade, the notion his managerial methodology breaks the mould is nothing short of a nonsense. Yes, it delivers results. Yes, it has breathed new life into our national team. But revolutionary? Never.

After all, having spent my second summer in a row travelling with Chris Wilder's squad to Europe, I can testify the same down-to-earth approach which has transformed the Three Lions is already tried, tested and cemented at United.........

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