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series at World Cup – England are on the longest winless streak since 1993, but Gareth Southgate refuses to think doom. The national coach, who saw ‘The Three Lions’ draw against Germany (3-3) on Monday night, thinks that his team has learned a lot from the strong criticism that followed this week on the Nations League relegation.

“The players have done a fantastic job the last few days. They asked if they could have a meeting with each other. In doing so, they have taken responsibility.

Good teams have good coaches, but the very best teams have a core of players who can set something in motion,” Southgate said at his press conference at Wembley on Monday night.

“We needed the experience of this week to grow as a team, because at the World Cup there will also be pressure. You can try to avoid that. But whether it’s in the third group game or a possible quarterfinal; the pressure will always be there. So then we better know in advance how to deal with it.”

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Southgate thinks England will benefit from poor series at World Cup

Most of the criticism of England followed Friday night after the 1-0 defeat at Italy. Due to the loss in Milan, Southgate’s team was relegated from Division A of the Nations League. That was not unjustified, because last year’s losing European Championship finalist scored only once in the first five group matches.

England will benefit from poor series at World Cup

‘The roof almost went off when we scored’

Against Germany, England was again heading for defeat, as ‘Die Mannschaft’ led 0-2 in the 67th minute. Through Luke Shaw, Mason Mount and Harry Kane, the suddenly productive home team showed resilience, although Kai Havertz prevented another rare victory for troubled England in the 87th minute.

“When we scored, the roof almost went off. Suddenly we knew what it feels like when a ball goes into the goal. Then we got a slap in the face. You probably wouldn’t have liked to rewrite your match report three times, but I wasn’t really charmed by the scoreline either,” Southgate told the reporters present.

The criticism of the national coach (and his system with three defenders) so praised last year is now increasing. Southgate is nevertheless not planning to change anything towards the World Cup. “People will have their opinions.

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I will have to accept critical voices. But if I’m going to change something now and get rid of my own vision, then it’s useless that I’m the national coach.”

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England will benefit from poor series at World Cup

The World Cup will start in Qatar in less than two months. England is in a pool with Iran, the United States and Wales. After winning the world title in 1966, ‘The Three Lions’ never managed to win a major final tournament again.

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