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Gareth Southgate: 'England back three were excellent'

Southgate: 'England back three excellent'
England manager Gareth Southgate praises England's back three after they kept out the Brazilian attack in Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Wembley.

England manager Gareth Southgate has praised England's back three after they kept out the Brazilian attack in Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Wembley.

Joe Gomez, John Stones and Harry Maguire were selected as the starting defenders and the trio were solid in stopping Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Neymar from scoring.

Tuesday's result followed the Three Lions' goalless draw with world champions Germany on Friday.

"I thought they were all excellent," Southgate told reporters. "Joe [Gomez] has been given the man-of-the-match award and rightly so.

"In the two games, I think John Stones has really shown his defensive attributes. He's looked really mature, controlled the line and taken pride in his defending as well as being calm in possession.

"Harry [Maguire] has also been a real plus. He started a little anxiously today but he grew in confidence and grew into the game."

The England defenders return to Premier League action this weekend, with Liverpool, Leicester City and Manchester City all in action on Saturday.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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