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Gareth Southgate has told his players they must not be “football snobs.”
Southgate insisted he is happy for his players to hit long balls straight up to Harry Kane rather than always trying to play out from the back and playing pretty football.
England boss Southgate admitted Jordan Pickford and Manchester City defender John Stones did have several ding-dongs in the first half when the England keeper launched long clearances.
Stones is used to playing out from the back under City boss Guardiola but Southgate warned England are only “one mistake” from a costly error because they do not have as much time to work on build-up play.
But Southgate insisted they must find a happy medium and insists he does not mind if players turn England into a long ball team on occasion.
There were a few disagreements between John Stones and Jordan Pickford
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Southgate said: “I think they (Stones and Pickford) were just deciding, we give them pictures and it depends how the opposition press and there were times where it was on to take on.
“We don’t have as long to work on those patterns playing from goal kicks as you do at a club, and also we’re one mistake away from it being more costly, across 38 games that’s different.
“Those guys are able to make those decisions. We give them possible patterns depending on how the opposition are pressing, there was a little spell where we went long and we just talked about that at half-time.
"We didn’t want to do that every time. But there are moments to go longer, we’ve got a centre forward who wins more of his share of the ball. And we shouldn’t be football snobs.
“It’s great to play out from the back and get to the halfway line in control of the ball, but it’s just as effective to go to the centre forward and be in control of the ball and be able to play from there.
"The variety is important against top opposition.”