After 55 years of hurt, last night England finally reached their first final of a men's major football tournament since 1966 and the reason can largely be attributed to great coaching by England Manager, Gareth Southgate.
Gareth Southgate has managed to instil in his players, staff, the media and fans alike, a sense of belief - that England can achieve great things, to reach the long yearned for success that English football has longed for, for 55 years.
Is football finally coming home?
The talent amongst the current England team cannot be underrated, the majority of them are Champions League winners and Premier League Winners, but teams of the past have had this talent too - so what makes this generation different to those that went before them?
In interviews with the media, England players have talked about how Gareth has improved their mindset, belief and built mental toughness to reach their goal of winning a major tournament. They are also calm, clear about their aims and focused on a positive outcome. This mental toughness has allowed them to throw off the shackles of the past, unburden themselves of expectation, lay to rest the ghost-goals and penalty heartbreak and move forwards towards success and greater achievement.
It is impossible to underestimate the importance of a positive mindset and mental toughness in achieving your goals. 80% of people score below the minimum level of mental fitness required for peak performance and happiness. (Positive Intelligence ® Research Study of 500,000 participants).
England Goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford has publicly spoken about receiving mental fitness coaching since 2020 to "help me develop my thinking… and learn how to cope with various things and get through sticky patches”. Taking this step is further evidence of Pickford’s commitment to self-improvement. Top players and athletes look for marginal gains.They look to utilise other people… and it’s been well documented with Jordan how working with a sports psychologist has really helped him.
“It’s something I really encouraged. Anything that allows you to improve and get better… by having that professional attitude to your craft and your sport, then you’re giving yourself the best chance to perform" - Jordan Pickford.
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