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Southgate: We Have To Adopt Germany’s Mentality

Gareth Southgate has called on his England squad to adopt the winning mentality associated with Germany.

The three lions will play Germany in a friendly at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday in his first match in charge of England since replacing Allardyce.

And speaking ahead of the match against Low’s side, Southgate wants his men to adopt the winning mentality.

“It’s the first opportunity I have had to work with the team, with the knowledge that there’s a longer term plan,” Southgate said.

“So, I think it was important for the players to have an understanding of what drives me, the type of standards that I think we have to set, what’s possible but also the reality of where we are.

“That’s not just this group of players, but as a country over the last few years.

“We have to change how we do things – we have to change the way we think, we have to change the way we work – because we have not had the same success that our opponents have had over such a consistent period of time.

“So, in that respect, they [Germany] are a great model for us to look at. We are not looking to copy anybody, but you have to respect the way they have continually reached semi-finals, finals and won things.

“That’s the mentality we have to have.”

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