Prince William discusses tactics with England footie boss Gareth Southgate and casts eyes over potential future stars

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PRINCE William discussed tactics with England footie boss Gareth Southgate yesterday — and cast his eye over potential future stars.

FA President William, 40, held a behind-closed-doors chat with Southgate during a visit to England’s training HQ.

Wills and Gareth also discussed the ‘mental and tactical’ preparation for the World Cup in Qatar next month

Prince William discussed tactics with England footie boss Gareth Southgate yesterday — and cast his eye over potential future stars

Sources close to the prince said the England gaffer, 52, “expressed his condolence” over the Queen’s death last month.

He also spoke of his “admiration” at how the Royal Family had conducted themselves.

They also discussed the “mental and tactical” preparation for the World Cup in Qatar next month.

Aston Villa fan William was at the 330-acre St George’s Park in Staffordshire to mark the training base’s 10th anniversary.

The new Prince of Wales spoke to schoolchildren representing clubs from across the Midlands in an indoor tournament.

He made a beeline for ten-year-old Nesia Joao, who was wearing a Villa strip.

The schoolgirl, of Edgbaston, Birmingham, said afterwards: “He told me Villa was his favourite team and said that he wouldn’t want us to let him down. We promised not to. 

“At first I thought he would be strict, because he’s in the Royal Family and has to follow these guidelines. But he’s really talkative, fun and a nice guy. My dad will be really proud.”

 He also spoke to kids from “Everton in the Community” who are representing Team England at the Street Child World Cup in Qatar. 

Meanwhile, on the outdoor Alan Shearer pitch there were drills by the England Deaf Men’s team — managed by Scotsman Andy Smith.

His words were translated by sign language, and William joked: “Do you add a Scottish accent?”