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Boss: "You Cannot Afford To Have Bad Apples"

4 July 2018

David Artell believes that the England national team can go further in the World Cup because of the close knit group that Gareth Southgate has been able to create. Artell believes that England do not possess a global superstar in their ranks and that their team ethic and spirit can see them overcome adversity.

The Crewe boss told the club’s official website: “England look to have a collective spirit and that can take you far. If you have a untied dressing room and cohesion then it is worth a lot of points at club level.

“England have good players but possibly not a major superstar like a Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar. Harry Kane is getting there and is probably a bit better than the rest but he isn’t a superstar just yet.

Belgium are the same. Brazil have Coutinho and Neymar. France look good as well.

“Spain were rudderless before the tournament started. Argentina and Germany imploded, so it is there for England to make history.

“That team spirit goes a long way and we are getting there here at Crewe. I have been in a lot of dressing rooms and ours is a good one. It is important that we maintained that spirit with the players we signed this summer and who we want to sign.

“You cannot afford to have a bad apple and the character is very important.”

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