Rio Ferdinand hails Gareth Southgate and slams doubters after England beat Germany

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England v Germany - UEFA Euro 2020: Round of 16

Gareth Southgate proved his doubters wrong against Germany (Picture: Getty Images)

Rio Ferdinand feels Gareth Southgate has proved his doubters wrong and found a plan that works for his team after England beat Germany 2-0 in the last 16 of Euro 2020 on Tuesday at Wembley.

Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane scored the goals that put the Three Lions into the quarter-finals where they will face either Ukraine or Sweden for a place in the semis.

Southgate’s switch to a 3-4-3 caused a lot of concern among fans and pundits before the match, with worries that the side looked too negative and not set-up to get the best out of England’s offensive players.

While much of the match was a stodgy affair, England eventually came out winners and Ferdinand feels Southgate has been vindicated.

‘We came into the tournament and we’d never won the first game in the Euros, we got rid of that,’ Ferdinand said on the BBC.

‘We hadn’t beat Germany here like this, we got rid of that, this team are breaking down barriers.

‘In terms of character, going into the game everyone was saying Southgate is negative, he’s conservative, he’s not someone who takes risks, he had a game plan for us to be hard to beat and it works for them.’

Ferdinand added that Southgate changed the team up impressively during the match, with the introduction of Jack Grealish in the second half making a difference as he crossed for Kane to head in the second goal.

‘What I love about it is, today he made good substitutions, [Jack] Grealish came on and played a part in the second goal.

England v Germany - UEFA Euro 2020: Round of 16

Jack Grealish made an impact for England at Wembley (Picture: Getty Images)

‘These guys are playing for this manager you can tell.

‘We said before the game that substitutes could have a real impact and today, Southgate was on the money.’

Ukraine and Sweden play at 8pm on Tuesday with the winners meeting England in Rome in the quarter-finals on Saturday night.


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