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‘There’s always that narrative’ – Gareth Southgate hits back at criticism of negativity in England, discusses Tammy Abraham ahead of huge test in Germany


Gareth Southgate has hit back at claims he put England on the downside for their UEFA Nations League clash with Hungary at the weekend.

The Three Lions lost 1-0 in Budapest despite being strong favorites for the encounter, which left them with plenty of work to do ahead of the clash with Germany on Tuesday – a game which will be live on talkSPORT.

Southgate defended his England side amid criticism for their perceived negativity
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‘There’s always that narrative’ – Gareth Southgate hits back at criticism of negativity in England, discusses Tammy Abraham ahead of huge test in Germany
The criticism came after their shock 1-0 loss to Hungary at the weekend
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In a clash where England recorded just four shots on target, Southgate was criticized for a perceived negative approach from some, including Adrian Durham who described the decision to bring in Kalvin Phillips instead of Tammy Abraham in the final stages as “unexplainable”. .

However, Southgate insists that is not the case based on their performance over the past 18 months.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT host Durham, he said: “Well we’ve been the top scorers in Europe over the last year and goals per game because obviously we’ve ended up playing more than games because we reached the final, on goals per game, I think only the Dutch scored more.

“I know there always seems to be this narrative that we’re cautious or whatever, but if the measure is scoring goals, we’ve been better than anyone.

“I just have to accept that it’s part and parcel of sitting in that seat really.

“I think the other thing the other day was maybe the amount of change and the need to keep it fresh for the game against Germany as well.”


‘There’s always that narrative’ – Gareth Southgate hits back at criticism of negativity in England, discusses Tammy Abraham ahead of huge test in Germany
Abraham found himself on the bench in England’s loss to Hungary
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The decision to leave Abraham on the bench was a big topic of conversation after the game.

The Roma star was an unused substitute despite his side losing 1-0 in Budapest, but asked if he had discussed his decision not to bring Abraham onto the pitch, Southgate said: “Not specifically because I think he knows he’s going to seize his opportunities.

“We felt we had the right attacking balance and were always creating chances, so I think it’s a fair cry to be able to put in a second striker at that time, but we were getting into the right areas and creating.

“We had Grealish and Saka on one side and then Reece James and Bowen on the other side and with Harry [Kane] and Judas [Bellingham] right next to him we were always dangerous in those moments, but of course when you’re not scoring it’s a fair question to ask.


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