Southgate reminds his England players of struggles of previous winners

Gareth Southgate reminds his England players that the last two European champions didn’t start well in the group stages… with Portugal not winning a match until the knockouts in 2016

  • England have picked up four points from their opening two matches
  • They have only scored one goal and fans haven’t been too impressed 
  • Previous winners like Portugal and Spain also struggled in the group stage
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Gareth Southgate has presented his players with a detailed analysis of nations who have won major tournaments after starting slowly, to help them overcome Friday’s disappointment against Scotland.

After an impressive 1-0 win against Croatia, England drew 0-0 with the Scots at Wembley. 

But Southgate has moved quickly to quell negativity by showing his squad a statistical presentation of teams who stuttered during the group stages but still won a big tournament.

Manager Gareth Southgate looks on during England’s training session on Sunday 

England are on course to make the last-16 but they haven’t looked particularly great

Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016 despite not winning a single group game.

Spain won in 2012 after accumulating four points from their opening two matches — the same as England’s current total.

Likewise, Germany lifted the World Cup in 2014 having taken four points from their first two matches.

England winger Raheem Sterling said: ‘It just shows that it’s still early days and we’ve got a lot to build on. We’ve got four points, it’s not the end of the world. We’ve just got to stay motivated.’

Southgate pointed out Portugal didn’t win a single group game but lifted the trophy in 2016


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