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    Gareth Southgate makes massive claim ahead of England game


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    Gareth Southgate has told the press he wants his England side to play without fear and to try and play with attacking intent ahead of their game with Panama.

    That’s a stark contrast to many other England managers, who’ve made it clear they want their team to get a result above all else and the fear instilled under the likes of Fabio Capello made it impossible for the players to perform on the field.

    Southgate is changing all that, and has made it clear players have to get the results and make sure they qualify but that they also have to play well and entertain the fans – and enjoy it themselves.

    The Express report he said: “To play with the freedom, energy and pace that we did was as good as anything I have seen in the tournament up to this point. 

    “Every team will want to improve but we hit a level that is comparable to anything that I’ve seen. The team that we selected for the first game performed as well as I can remember us playing with the ball in the first hour of the game.

    “We just want to keep performing at a level that excites the country and conducting ourselves with some humility because we’ve won one game but that’s it, we’ve a long way to go to be the team we want to be.

    “We have to keep hitting those standards, keep seeking perfection all the time – although we know that will never happen. That is the job – to get better all the time. If we are looking after performances then results will come.

    “To win a game in any tournament at any level is really, really difficult. We are seeing that with some of the top ranked countries in the world.”

    VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 18: Harry Kane and Ruben Loftus-Cheek of England embrace following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena on June 18, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

    Team changes

    England may be forced into making one change for their upcoming game, with Dele Alli unlikely to be risked after picking up an injury and Raheem Sterling’s place in the side being questioned as it seems that he could be replaced by Marcus Rashford, who did well in the pre-World Cup friendlies and also when he came on against Tunisia.

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