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Spain are ‘the best team in the tournament’, says Southgate after England reach final

A Spain is “the best team” in Euro-2024, said, this Wednesday, the coach of England Gareth Southgate, after his team came from behind to beat the Netherlands (2-1) and qualify for the final against the Spanish team.

‘La Roja’ “are the best team in the tournament and we have one less day to prepare. So it will be a huge task, but we will always fight”, assured Southgate, after the dramatic triumph this Wednesday with a goal in stoppage time by Ollie Watkins.

“The only reason I took this job was to build on England’s success as a nation and to try to improve English football. I am immensely proud to have led the team to their first final in a foreign country,” said the manager.

On Sunday in Berlin, it will be England’s third final in its history at a major international tournament. The ‘Three Lions’ team played in the finals of the 1966 World Cup (winning 4-2 over Germany in extra time) and the 2021 Euro Championship (losing 3-2 to Italy on penalties after a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes), both on British soil, at Wembley Stadium.

Against Spain, who beat France on Tuesday (2-1), “we will have to be at an exceptional level, both with and without the ball,” said Southgate.

The manager also praised substitute Ollie Watkins, who was the hero of the night by scoring the decisive goal in injury time (90’+1) after replacing Harry Kane. “Watkins has trained every day and was ready for this moment. No matter how frustrated he may be at not having played earlier.”

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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