Southgate pleased with England display

Gareth Southgate was disappointed his England side didn’t come away from their international friendly match with Germany with a win.

In the end, it was Lukas Podolski, playing his final game for his national team, who scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 victory, in the 69th minute.

After the tie, Southgate, who utilised a 3-4-3 formation, praised the way his side performed when he said: "I'm very pleased with what we learned, the manner of the performance. The one bit we missed was the finish. We should have had the game won, really,

"I'm very pleased with the performance, lots of excellent individual performances. Most pleasing of all is the new tactical system we tried, the players carried it out very well and it suited the players we had.

"It suited the opposition we were playing against. We don't like losing, but in games like this it is important to learn something and to try things, and I think we've done that, and I want the players to build on what they've done tonight."

He added: ""I'm sure we will [use it again], it's a great option for us to have, I think a lot of the players are playing it at their club, which helps.

"We've also got some intelligent footballers in there, and it's pleasing for me, because I think we needed that ability, and we showed it tonight.

"It's great for the two young ones at the end to get a feel of international football. Really pleased with Michael Keane, I think he had an excellent debut and can be very proud of that; he used the ball very well, defended well, and throughout the team there were some good performances. We've lost to a fairy-tale goal."

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