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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

2018 World Cup: Germany Exit, England Coach Gareth Southgate Reacts (Details)

England Coach, Gareth Southgate has said he was 'Surprised' by Germany's shock exit from the World Cup.

The Germans were potentially quarterfinals opponents for England who could now face Brazil or Sweden.

Southgate spoke in a press conference today ahead of England's match against Belgium on Thursday.

He said: “I’m surprised. I was here last summer for the Confederations Cup and they brought a young team and also won the European U21s Championships.

“They’ve been ahead for just a minute and a half of their three matches this summer, and it’s unusual to see them struggle as much as they have.

“But the level of all the teams is strong. They’ve played teams who have been tactically very good against them, exposed counter-attack situations in particular.

"I didn’t look at that group and think automatically they’d go through.

“They were close to the wire against Sweden, and they’ve not been able to break Korea down today.”

Germany's exit was greeted with joy by some England fans in Russia but Southgate remained diplomatic when asked if it was a psychological boost for his team.

He added: “I don’t think it has any bearing on us. Italy and Holland were out before we got to this point, and so were Chile who were in the Confederations Cup final last summer. Now it's Germany.

“There really is no opportunity to rest on where you are as a team or stop the constant improvement. We’ve learned an enormous amount from studying Germany as a team, last summer not least, and implemented that. Indirectly, they’ve had a big bearing on what we’re doing now. But in sport and in life you have to keep evolving. It just shows anyone is vulnerable on any given day.”

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