Gareth Southgate admits off-field saga affected tactics in Denmark draw

  • England manager says he ‘needed a solid base to work from’
  • Foden and Greenwood incident completes difficult week

Gareth Southgate has admitted the furore over Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood led him to play conservatively in the 0-0 draw with Denmark on Tuesday because he feared he could not afford a defeat in the wake of the incident involving the pair.

The England manager plans to speak in more detail to Foden and Greenwood, who were sent home from Iceland, where the team won 1-0 on Saturday, for breaking Covid-19 restrictions, in order to better understand how it happened and to lay the groundwork for reconciliation.

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