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England: Gareth Southgate says playing behind closed doors an ’embarrassment’

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England: Gareth Southgate

England boss Gareth Southgate believes that playing their game against Italy behind closed doors in the Nations League is an embarrassment. The Football Association was hit with a two-match ban following the behavior of their fans during their Euro 2020 defeat to Italy in the final. There will be approximately 3000 in attendance, largely made up of kids that have been allowed to attend the game.

“If it is an embarrassment, it is for England as a country. A lot of the people that caused the problems I’m not certain were football fans,” England boss Gareth Southgate said. “We spoke enough about it, we spoke about it after the final and when the punishment was first given, what I will say is the vast majority of our fans who traveled to Germany on Tuesday behaved brilliantly, a big thank you to them because maybe people were thinking something different but there was a huge majority who were a credit.”

“There is nobody we can’t use. We have got to think about some things we have got to see, the freshness of the team as well, I think this is a good game for some of the other players to come into, it is a top-level game and is a good sign to show trust towards the players going into these games,” he added. “I think if we only give players certain types of matches, you don’t find out enough about them and they don’t find out enough about the tactical challenge. Everybody here is in the squad because they perform well for their club – and you can see that in training. The level is so, so high, and having missed out on the European Championship squad, that was a big hurdle for me to overcome.”

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