Fuelled by Gareth Southgate’s words, Eoin Morgan aims to rewrite World Cup history

first_img Reuters LondonMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 09:34 IST Captain Eoin Morgan’s team motivated by Gareth Southgate’s speech. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland had a football session with Gareth, as part of their training said MorganMorgan said the favourites tag was there for a reason, with England outstanding at homePietersen expects England to be joined by India and Australia in the semi-finalsCricket World Cup favourites England will go into their opener against South Africa on Thursday boosted by a motivational speech from national soccer manager Gareth Southgate.Captain Eoin Morgan, who reported no injury worries and his starting 11 decided, told reporters at The Oval on Wednesday that the talk had gone down well.”We did a session with Gareth, it was brilliant,” said Morgan, whose men played football as part of their training on Wednesday. “Every one of our players enjoyed it and every one of our backroom staff did as well.”He got up and talked about his journey with the team in and around the World Cup, in the build-up as well and how they built bigger expectations and became more together as a group,” he added.”I think everybody within the room listening who has been involved in our team over the last four years recognized that they are where we were two years ago and we started exactly where they did.”Ranked the top one-day side in the world, hosts England have yet to win the World Cup and will have to cope with a high burden of expectation.England’s soccer team, world champions in 1966, went to Russia with a young team, and plenty to redeem, and surpassed expectations by reaching the semi-finals.Morgan said both they and the cricketers had “recognized what had happened in the past, drawn a line under it, tried to do things differently and enjoyed the challenge of that”.”It’s amazing. He (Southgate) did brilliantly, got to the semi-final and everybody says it’s great,” the captain added with a wry smile.advertisement”We got knocked out of the (2017) Champions Trophy semi-final, and we’re crap.”Morgan said the tag of favorites was there for a reason, with England outstanding at home, and to be preferred from previous tournaments where they went in with little expectation and performed poorly.”I’d pick this position over any other,” he said, adding that winning the World Cup would mean a huge amount for raising the profile of the game and inspiring younger generations to pick up bat and ball.”We’re very confident within our own game… we just can’t wait for tomorrow to come,” he said.ANY WINMorgan said a win under any circumstance would do, rather than making an immediate statement, and was not expecting to have to say much to his side on Thursday morning.”If things feel scattered and all over the place a little bit of direction never hurts,” he said. “But if things feel very focused and the guys are raring to go, you normally just try and guide them in the right direction.”Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen believes England’s fearless approach to one-day cricket under Morgan is the reason why they are one of the favorites to lift the trophy.”So much credit must go to Eoin Morgan, he’s cool, he’s calm and he has the backing of his players, which is the most important,” Pietersen said at the World Cup’s official opening party.”The players have felt energized by the positivity in which he backs them but I think the most encouraging thing about this England team is Eoin allows them to fail.”Pietersen expects England to be joined by India and defending champions Australia in the semi-finals, with Jason Holder’s West Indies his wildcards.”You’ve got nine games and you’ve got the comfort to maybe lose a couple but they (England) don’t want to lose that first game against South Africa,” Pietersen said.”This is big, this is really big.”Also Read | Pakistan to host T20 Asia cup 2020 in neutral venueAlso Read | West Indies are neither favourites nor underdogs: Brathwaite ahead of World CupAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Gareth SouthgateFollow Eoin MorganFollow Kevin PietersenFollow Jason Holder Fuelled by Gareth Southgate’s words, Eoin Morgan aims to rewrite World Cup historyEngland will go into their 2019 World Cup opener against South Africa boosted by a motivational speech from national soccer manager Gareth Southgate who masterminded England’s campaign to the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cupadvertisementlast_img read more