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Gareth Southgate has challenged England to win the European Championships this summer.

He told Sky Sports News: “Of course as a group, we want to win. What is the point of us going if we are not going there to try and win.

“We have got a group of players not just now but for the next few years as well that is going to mean England are competitive for years to come.

“When we were setting the blueprint for what St George’s Park would be about and the progress of the national teams, that was the discussion we had.

“We want to win, if you win you want to win again. It is a never-ending cycle. We haven’t won yet; we’ve had a lot of praise. We have got to take those next steps.”

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola knows he will be called a failure if Manchester City flop in the Champions League again.

City lead Dortmund 2-1 ahead of Wednesday night’s crucial quarter-final second leg.

Ahead of the game, Guardiola said: “If I retire now, or in five or ten years, what happened in my career, it was completely unexpected when I started.

“I’m most grateful to the clubs, for the players I’ve had, the way we played and the way we’ve done it.

“These are words and theories that make me so grateful and happy but this is a business.

“And the business is to win. If we don’t win, I’ll be a failure. And if we win, it’ll be ‘How good is Pep!’ ”

And finally, SunSport’s Martin Lipton has revealed that UEFA are set to partially scrap the away goals rule from next season.

Under the new regulations poised to be agreed on Friday, away goals will only count extra up to the end of 90 minutes in the second leg.

Any then scored in extra-time would have no advantage.

The proposal, understood to be backed by Europe’s top clubs, will be on the table at the meeting of Uefa’s competitions committee, which includes Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Manchester City chief exec Ferran Soriano.

A plan to scrap the away goals rules altogether has been rejected.
Uefa are ready to green light the change next term after a season of Covid-hit competitions increased scrutiny of the rule, which was introduced for the 1965-66 campaign.





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