Ex-England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has hailed Gareth Southgate for picking players on performance rather than the clubs they play for.
The former Chelsea and Manchester City star spoke to DailyStarSport ahead of the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy.
He spoke of his experiences at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where Fabio Capello's side crashed out to Germany in a humiliating 4-1 defeat.
Ex-Chelsea star Joe Cole recently said club rivalries had affected the dressing room mood, a view also held by other stars including Rio Ferdinand.
Wright-Phillips says he never paid attention to that, but that he did believe England fell into a cycle of players being picked for their club status rather than performance.
And he says this is one of the biggest positives from England's brilliant Euro 2020 campaign so far.
Wright-Phillips told us: "For me personally, I don't pay too much attention to things like that in general but at that time it wasn't as spread now as it was for the England national team.
"It was, if you were in the top three or four clubs, then you'll get into the England squad, whereas now it's done solely on performance.
"What I've noticed and found with the England team is there are a lot of young players that are not only playing well for their clubs, but they are playing well for England and a lot of them have been together through the under 21s as well.
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"So that bond is already there, and I think Southgate has been clever and done really well, he has kept the club bond and bought it into the full squad bond and it's working. You can tell and you can see in the players' faces.
"It's beautiful to see. It's always going to be different because it's a different type of manager and style of manager.
"At the time Capello, he's Italian, and then you've got Southgate who is English to the core, he gets the way the English players do things, he gets how to have things set up the English way that may benefit the players a bit more.
"At the minute it seems to be working for him. The massive difference for me is the camaraderie, the bond, they all have as a team is really great to see as a fan."
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"We've been tough to beat, we haven't conceded many goals. That's a massive starting point for the Euros.
"The Italian team have conceded very few, so they're in the same position we are.
"We're in with a great chance, I wouldn't necessarily say we are favourites to win it but for me we're in with a chance to get to the final.
"Once you get to a final, it's a one-off game, anyone could win it. I think if England play the way they have been playing, it's enough to trouble anyone left in the tournament.
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