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A look at the backroom staff helping England progress at the World Cup

By July 10, 2018No Comments

England manager Gareth Southgate and his players will receive the plaudits if the Three Lions beat Croatia on Wednesday to reach the World Cup final.

The meeting in Moscow is England’s first World Cup semi-final in 28 years and the nation has already enjoyed a tournament to remember.

But Southgate has stressed the importance of “the collective” throughout the tournament and here Press Association Sport looks at his backroom team.

Steve Holland – assistant manager

A look at the backroom staff helping England progress at the World Cup PLZ Soccer
Steve Holland works closely with Southgate. (Mike Egerton/PA)

Southgate’s trusted lieutenant, Holland worked as a coach at Chelsea before joining the England set-up and works closely with the manager to concoct match-winning tactical plans.

Allan Russell – attacking coach

A look at the backroom staff helping England progress at the World Cup PLZ Soccer
Allan Russell (right) has been working with England’s attacking players. (Owen Humphreys/PA)

A Glaswegian who came through the academy at Rangers, Russell works with England’s forwards and has been praised for helping the team score more goals from set-pieces.

Martyn Margetson – goalkeeper coach

A look at the backroom staff helping England progress at the World Cup PLZ Soccer
Martyn Margetson (right) has been working closely with first-choice goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. (Mike Egerton/PA)

Appointed by Allardyce, the Welshman was kept on by Southgate and focuses on working with Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope in Russia, having worked in a similar role with Wales during their run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Dr Rob Chakraverty – team doctor

A look at the backroom staff helping England progress at the World Cup PLZ Soccer
Rob Chakraverty is the England team doctor. (Mike Egerton/PA)

Another man appointed during Allardyce’s short time in charge, England’s team doctor Chakraverty formerly worked for UK Athletics before moving across to join the Football Association in 2016.

Rhys Long – head of performance analysis and insight

A look at the backroom staff helping England progress at the World Cup PLZ Soccer
Rhys Long helps all of the England teams to improve their performace. (Mike Egerton/PA)

Long has 17 analysts working under him as he and his team support all of England’s playing staff, mostly with team performance. He previously fulfilled a similar position at the Welsh Rugby Union.

Dr Pippa Grange – head of people and team development

Grange has received public praise from some members of the England squad and is currently with them in Russia. A sports psychology specialist, she works on helping players improve their mental approach to the game.