Gareth Southgate on booing after Slovenia draw: creates unusual atmosphere | Football News

Gareth Southgate believes the negativity towards England is creating an “unusual atmosphere” after they topped Group C with a 0-0 draw against Slovenia.

Despite failing to fully impress once again, another draw between Denmark and Serbia in Munich meant Southgate’s men finished top of Group C with five points from three games.

England will have to wait until Wednesday to know for sure who their opponents will be in the round of 16, as either the Netherlands or the third-place finisher in Group E awaits the weekend.

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Rob Dorsett gives his verdict on England’s goalless draw against Slovenia and says Southgate’s side showed signs of “desperation” in their final Group C match.

Asked about the angry reaction from some fans at full-time, which included booing and reports of cups being thrown at the England manager, Southgate said: “I understand the narrative towards me. That’s better for the team than it is towards them. But it’s creating an unusual environment to operate in. I haven’t seen any other team qualify and receive something similar.”

“I understand some of the reactions, but we are playing in a strange environment,” he added.

“I think we’ve improved a lot with the ball, we’ve created some good chances and at the moment it’s a tough job for us because we’re not getting that break in front of goal.

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“A lot of things are starting to fall into place. We had a lot of problems coming into the tournament and today we looked more dangerous, we had a good impact from our substitutes and now we have to take advantage of our opportunities.”

Southgate singled out Kobbie Mainoo and Cole Palmer for special praise after the pair came off the bench late in the game and injected new life into England’s front row.

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England manager Gareth Southgate believes the changes his team made had a positive effect on the team, with Cole Palmer and Kobbie Mainoo impressing off the bench against Slovenia.

“They (Mainoo and Palmer) are very young players so we are balancing them coming into a different environment, but they made a really good impact when they came in and used the ball really well,” Southgate added.

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Anthony Gordon has urged English fans to stick with Gareth Southgate’s side after a pair of disappointing draws in Euro 2024 Group C.

Stones: Much improvement

“I think we all wanted to win,” John Stones said. MOT.

“But the goal was to lead the group and we achieved it, so I’m very happy. It won’t always be an easy road and it won’t be easy when we all have the goal of beating each other.” .

“Two out of three clean sheets is very positive for us going into the next phase and I think we have improved a lot compared to the previous two games.

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Dean Ashton says England’s performance against Slovenia has left ‘more questions than answers’ for Gareth Southgate

“We tried to flow more freely and I thought we did that, we found people in pockets, we created more opportunities and I think it’s another step in the right direction.

“I understand some of the frustration of the fans because we didn’t score and we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities. That’s football. We leave everything out there and it’s never an easy game.”

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