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Euro 2020: The ex Maccabi player who’s instrumental to Gareth Southgate’s setup

Finchley born Dr Benjamin Rosenblatt joined the Football Association in 2016 having been part of the Team GB setup that travelled to Rio for that summer’s Olympics

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

The England football team’s Lead Physical Performance Coach is a ex Maccabi Sunday League player who once urged more Jewish teenagers to pursue their dreams in elite sport.

Finchley born Dr Benjamin Rosenblatt joined the Football Association in September 2016 having been part of the Team GB setup that travelled to Rio for that summer’s Olympics.

Now he is being hailed as one of 12 key members of England manager Gareth Southgate’s team ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final clash with Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday evening.

Rosenblatt has been credited with playing a key role in the women’s hockey team winning gold in Brazil.

Having become part of the England setup, he was tasked with improving the fitness level of the squad that went on to reach the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

At the time the sports scientist described the historic hockey victory as a “team effort”.

Screenshot from Youtube of Dr Ben Rosenblatt

He said: “The players get medals but the support staff and coaches don’t. They go and win the thing; our job is to make sure they are prepared to compete and to win in those environments.”

After the Olympics, he started his job at the Football Association as a physical performance coach.

At the time he said: “I won’t be working with the senior England team.

“I’ll be working across all the age groups and putting a strategy in place to develop their physical performance.”

England’s Jack Grealish, Harry McGuire and Jordan Henderson during a training session at St George’s Park, Burton upon Trent. Picture date: Monday July 5, 2021.

Dr Rosenblatt was born in 1984 and is the son of Ian Rosenblatt, a senior lawyer who was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for philanthropic services to music, in 2016.

He grew up participating regularly in Jewish sport, playing in the Maccabi League and subsequently with the Wingate and Finchley amateur football club.

Once asked why, despite the huge interest in sport amongst UK Jew, few go on to make it as professionals, he said:”Maybe it’s not on everybody’s radar within the Jewish community that they can have a career in elite sport.”

England’s (back row: left-right) Kyle Walker, Kalvin Phillips, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Declan Rice, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, (front row: left-right) Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw line up for a team photo prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Quarter Final match at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome. Picture date: Saturday July 3, 2021.
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