Southgate says England will take huge belief from Brail and Germany draws

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Gareth Southgate believes England’s hard-won goalless draws against Brazil and Germany have helped repair the bond between the team and its supporters that has frayed at times in the last 18 months.

“I think and hope that the English public have seen that these boys have given everything, they’ve played with pride and passion,” Southgate said after England defended their way to a second 0-0 in the space of five days. “I would hope there’s more of a connection, it felt like there was one there tonight between supporters and team.”

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