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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
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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