Gareth Southgate has targeted a quarter-final exit when England begin their championship campaign later this week. England have lost their last three penalty shoot-outs at the Euros, and the 50 year-old insists his side can achieve the same destiny.


Southgate press conference“We need to believe,” the former defender told Soccer on Sunday. “Crashing out on penalties in the second round would be great, but can we go that little bit further and crash out on penalties in the quarter-finals? I dare say we can.”

“Everybody needs to raise their expectations,” said Southgate. “If you go into a tournament with the mindset that you can’t crash out on penalties in the quarter-finals, then you’ll crash out earlier.”

“On penalties,” he added.