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Southgate slams England critics: ‘We have been pretty bold in our decisions’

Gareth Southgate has hit back at the criticism of his England side after the Three Lions were beaten 1-0 by Denmark in the Nations League on Wednesday. England dropped down the table to third place after the loss against the Danes, with Belgium reclaiming their top spot by beating Iceland on Wednesday. Southgate’s team received criticism after the loss at Wembley but the England manager isn’t interested in hearing these critics.

“We gave another two 20-somethings their debuts against Denmark, alongside Mason Mount, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips, who has had four games in the Premier League – along with Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford up front,” Southgate told reporters. “So I think we’ve been pretty bold in many of our decisions over a long period of time.”

“I think we’ve been top scorers in the World Cup, we were top scorers in the Euro qualifiers and we’ve been to two semi‑finals. We’ve blooded any number of young players. I suppose I would point to that body of work but it’s for others to have that opinion. I’m not really too concerned.” During the next international window England will play away at Belgium and will need a win to keep on fighting for the championship play-offs.

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