Gareth Southgate: “For me, Germany and Brazil are still the benchmark in terms of countries who have regularly and consistently won tournaments”; England take on Germany in the Nations League.

Gareth Southgate has said Germany remain the benchmark for England in their quest to become a trophy-winning force at major tournaments ahead of their Nations League clash in Munich.

What Southgate has said:

England will be aiming to bounce back from Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Hungary when they face Hansi Flick’s side at the Allianz Arena in their second Group C game on Tuesday evening.

Southgate steered England to their first knockout win over Germany in 55 years when they last met, the 2-0 win at Wembley last June securing their place in the last eight of Euro 2020.

But Southgate still views Germany as an example for his young side to follow in terms of their pedigree at major tournaments.

“For me, Germany and Brazil are still the benchmark in terms of countries who have regularly and consistently won tournaments,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Monday.

“Everyone will talk about the 5-1 here, but they ended up in the World Cup final on the back of that World Cup qualifying campaign.

“You have to respect what they have been and what they are as a country, in footballing terms. That mentality is what we’re trying to create.

“We’ve got to keep trying to get to the latter stages of competition and games like tomorrow are brilliant for us. It is exactly the kind of test we need.”

He added: “I think it’s a great measure for us. This will be a brilliant test of where we are at at this particular moment in time.

“But it won’t define where we are in five months’ time. If we beat them tomorrow, that doesn’t mean we will be fine in five months. A lot will happen in that period.

Irrespective of Euro outcome, England want Gareth Southgate to stay as  coach beyond 2022- The New Indian Express

“But one of our hardest challenges a couple of years ago for the team was that we had got to a World Cup semi-final, but could we beat the bigger teams?

“Since then, we have won in Spain, we have beat Belgium in Wembley and we have beaten Germany. We are starting to get those results and we have to continue trying to do that.”

Stones: Beating Germany at Euro 2020 was a big step for us

Southgate was joined in the press conference by defender John Stones, who described England’s win over Germany at Euro 2020 as a “big step” for the team.

“It was an incredible stage we beat them on,” he said. “It was a big step, as a team and a nation, I think, to progress in that tournament and to show ourselves what we’re capable of.

“We’ve set a marker now where we’ve got to replicate things like that. We’ve got to be consistent at winning and beating big teams, playing well against them.

“That’s the challenge for us as players. We’ve set the bar.”

Stones also urged his team-mates to learn from Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Hungary, adding: “The other day was a big learning curve for us as a collective.

“We’ve had an incredible run. That stopped the other day with our first loss in God knows how many games.”

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