South­gate hails side’s re­silience

Coventry Telegraph - - FOOTBALL - Gareth South­gate

ENG­LAND boss Gareth South­gate praised his side’s de­fen­sive qual­i­ties as they held Brazil to a goal­less draw at Wem­b­ley.

Fol­low­ing the 0-0 draw with Ger­many on Fri­day, South­gate is tak­ing the pos­i­tives from keep­ing Ney­mar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Je­sus quiet.

“In terms of heart, re­silience and spirit it was up there with any­thing I have been in­volved in,” South­gate said.

“Young play­ers dig­ging in, we just couldn’t move the ball as well as the other night.

“Tonight we just showed re­silience, guts and some re­ally out­stand­ing de­fend­ing against a top, top side. I am in­cred­i­bly proud of what the play­ers have done.

“We had the best de­fen­sive record in qual­i­fy­ing, we have just played the best two teams in the world and man­aged to keep two clean sheets, which gives us some­thing to build on.

“We know we need to be bet­ter with the ball, I thought we were a bit anx­ious, but even then when you dig in like we did you get half-chances at the end, which could win you the game. “It is a base to work from.” Liver­pool de­fender Joe Gomez was mak­ing his first start and par­tic­u­larly im­pressed.

South­gate added: “I thought all of the de­fend­ing was out­stand­ing, but him in par­tic­u­lar, to come in for a game like that, with lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence, it was a re­ally top, top per­for­mance.”

Goal­keeper Joe Hart, back in the team af­ter Jor­dan Pick­ford played against Ger­many, also praised the play­ers in front of him as Brazil drew a blank.

“We were play­ing the best team in the world at the mo­ment, I thought they were brilliant,” Hart said. “We had a game-plan to play in the first half and they made that hard for us so we had to adapt on the pitch and we did.”

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