England boss Gareth Southgate ‘to give players a reward’ after stirring Germany win

England fans celebrate goals and final whistle as they beat Germany 2-0

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England boss Gareth Southgate will allow players to spend some time with their partners in the wake of the country’s 2-0 win over Germany at Euro 2020, reports say. The Three Lions went into the match with huge pressure on their shoulders. But they didn’t disappoint, winning courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.

England went into the match against Germany as slight favourites.

And they lived up to their billing on a stirring night at Wembley, boosting the morale of a nation in the process.

England took the lead through Sterling in the 75th minute, with the Manchester City star prodding home after good work from Luke Shaw.

And Kane then struck with four minutes left on the clock, rising to head home a pinpoint delivery from Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.

The result means England are now in with a great chance of making the Euro 2020 final, being two victories away from competing on the big stage.

And The Sun say Southgate will allow players to spend some time with their families today as a reward.

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A source is quoted as saying: “It’ll only be for a few hours but it’ll be enough to carry the team into the next round.

“They need to see their families. Gareth has always recognised the important role they play in helping the team reach its full potential.

“They have been at pitch side throughout the tournament so far and it’s been hard.

“In the last game against the Czech Republic they were allowed some contact inside Wembley but this will be a proper get together.”

UEFA had previously insisted bubbles must remain secure while players are at the competition.

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And England will certainly be looking to avoid any coronavirus related incidents after Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were forced to self isolate after coming into contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour.

Southgate labelled his England team as ‘immense’ after the win over Germany, though urged his side to stay focused as they go in search of glory.

“The players were immense, right the way through the team,” said the 50-year-old.

“The fans in the stadium were also incredible.

“I’ve been in here with a full house and not heard it near the levels heard today, but the energy was incredible in the stadium. To be able to send them home feeling as they do tonight… and you can’t beat a bit of ‘Sweet Caroline’, that’s a belter really!

“For those people, after such a difficult year at home, to have that enjoyment we’ve given them today was very special.

“It didn’t need me to say it, but when we got in the dressing room we were talking about Saturday already. Today’s been an immense performance but at a cost emotionally and physically. We need to make sure we recover well.

“It’s a dangerous moment for us. We have a feeling round the country that we only have to turn up to win the thing now, but it’s going to be an immense challenge from here on.

“The players’ feet are on the ground, they should feel confident from the way they’ve played, but we came here with an intention and we’ve not achieved that yet.

“To see the second goal in was a really special moment. But we’ve not achieved what we want to achieve yet. We can look back on a day like today in the future, but I want to get my focus right and look ahead to Saturday.”

Southgate also praised his team’s composure, too.

“The performance was really important,” he said.

“We were playing a team with four World Cup winners, a manager who has had an incredible career with Germany. I have huge respect for what he’s done.

“We know there have always been questions about us against big teams and we knew Germany, with their experience, would dictate certain parts of the game.

“We will always have passion and heart but we also had brains. We pressed at the right moment, the forwards picked the right moments to go and stay, we found a balance of being brave with the ball and keeping possession in our own half and right moments to go quickly and counter.

“That was a real step forward for us.”

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