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England face an even greater test of their Total Southgate philosophy | Barney Ronay

There will be the usual calls to cry havoc and let slip the dogs of Gareth. This, though, would be counterintuitive

Vive “Le Jeu Prudent”. Who knows, with a little time L’Équipe’s description of the tone and texture of England’s victory against Germany might just catch on.

Sometimes those outside the bubble can offer the clearest view. The L’Équipe write-up was glowing in its tactical notes – with Luke Shaw’s mastery of the left flank a particular chef’s kiss – and scathing of Germany’s attempts to play too quickly in attack. Handbrakes, correctly applied, do serve a vital purpose.

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