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Playing behind closed doors an embarrassment for England - Southgate

Fri 10 June 2022 | 15:30

England and Italy will face each other on Sunday in the UEFA Nation League.

England

coach Gareth Southgate claimed that playing behind closed doors is a shame for England before the match against

Italy

in the UEFA Nation League

The FA has been suspended for two games due to the conduct of fans during the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, which ended in England's defeat to Italy.

About 3,000 people will attend Saturday's match at Moulinex Stadium, most of them schoolchildren under 14, who will be allowed to attend behind-the-scenes games under UEFA rules. Now Southgate has claimed that it is a shame for England to play behind closed doors.

"If it is an embarrassment, it is for England as a country,"

the Three Lions manager said.

"A lot of the people that caused the problems I'm not certain were football fans.

"We spoke enough about it, we spoke about it after the final and when the punishment was first given, what I will say is the vast majority of our fans who travelled to Germany on Tuesday behaved brilliantly, a big thank you to them because maybe people were thinking something different but there were a huge majority who were a credit."

Asked about probable changes, Southgate said:  "There is nobody we can't use.

"We have got to think about some things we have got to see, the freshness of the team as well, I think this is a good game for some of the other players to come into, it is a top-level game and is a good sign to show trust towards the players going into these games.

"I think if we only give players certain types of matches, you don't find out enough about them and they don't find out enough about the tactical challenge."

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