Bertrand: It's been a breath of fresh air

By SFC Media Sat 25 Mar Ryan Bertrand

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand feels Gareth Southgate’s appointment as England boss has been a breath of fresh air for the squad.

The full-back started in the midweek defeat to Germany, as part of a double header which sees them take on Lithuania at Wembley in World Cup qualifying tomorrow.

Bertrand said: “It’s been a breath of fresh air to be part of an England team where he gives us the mantle.

“We leave no stone unturned tactically but we also have the freedom to go out and express ourselves and he encourages that massively.

“That gives us the perfect stage to go out and achieve wins.”

“I think we’ve got more responsibility within the group. Every time we have a meeting the thoughts are shared between the team and coaching staff."

Ryan Bertrand enjoys a joke in England training

Bertrand has been joined by Saints teammates Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse in the squad, both of whom made their debuts in Dortmund.

Speaking about the transition from the Under-21s, Bertrand reflected: “They’ve settled in very well. As a nation moving forward it’s nice to see that gap being closed so the Under-21s feel they can make that step, because they’ve got the quality.

“With Reders and Prowsey they’ve been playing consistently in the Premier League at a good level.

“Gareth has shown faith in them and they’ve got their rewards.”