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Gareth Southgate has made a presentation to reassure his England players not to get worried by their start to the Euros.
England forward Raheem Sterling revealed how Southgate showed the whole squad how previous teams slipped up in the Group stage – and yet still went on to win the tournament.
Reigning champions Portugal squeezed through into the knock-out stage in 2016 after drawing their three Group matches.
History shows Denmark drew their opener then lost their second game before winning Euro 92 and Holland lost their opener at Euro 88 before lifting the trophy.
Sterling insists the mood in the camp remains positive despite the disappointment of being held by Scotland and Southgate has told his squad that stats are on their side.
Gareth Southgate is desperate for his players not to lose their confidence
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Manchester City star Sterling said: “Gareth showed us some stats on teams that have gone on to do well in the tournament and where they were after the first two games.
“It just shows that it’s still early days and we’ve got a lot to build on and I truly do believe we can do that.
“Over the course of his time that he’s been here, going into the World Cup, coming into the Euros, he always shows us best possible scenarios, worst possible scenarios.
“This was another scenario where we’ve got four points, it’s not the end of the world. He just tried to make us look at all the positives and it is positives because we could have gone into Croatia and lost that game because they are a top team. They have beaten us before.
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“But we’ve gone into that, we’ve won that and we’ve gone into the second game, didn’t win that but we thought we should win. And we’ve got four points.
“So he’s just showing us [how] in previous tournaments that it’s not every team that wins their first few games that goes on to win.
“Sometimes teams that have drawn their first two games have gone onto win so we’ve just got to stay motivated, be happy and enjoy our football. And nothing changes.”
Sterling also suggested that he feels there has been a bit of an overreaction to the Scotland game from the outside and he says the players have tried to shut out the external noise.
Sterling knows from his own experiences at major tournaments how listening to criticism – he famously dubbed himself The Hated One in 2016 – can have a negative affect and urged the rest of the squad not to listen.
“The players who have been at a few tournaments, who have huge experience, try to help the other ones. I don’t see anyone in the camp that feels any pressure or feels hard done by,” he said.
“As much as we can inside the building the best thing we can do is focus on the training field, focus on what’s being doing inside. We really shouldn’t be looking what’s the papers are saying, what pundits are saying.
“That’s something we need to take for the rest of this tournament, the more you listen to outside noise, the more it can affect you.”
He also stressed the need for England to bring more personality to their performances and stamp their authority on games. But Sterling stressed the draw with Scotland was “not the end of the world” and they are confident of winning on Tuesday.
England will look to top the group by beating Czech Republic on Tuesday
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Sterling stressed England needed: “A bit of personality from the whole team on the pitch, in a game like that that is where we need to show our personality, show a bit more.
“They came and threw things that we didn't deal with ell enough and I think with the ball we could have shown a bit more personality and dominated the game more with the ball.
“But as you can see from different games in the tournament, not just in our group but other groups as well, it is tricky in international football. It is not as easy as people think.
“We as a team were disappointed not to win, but it is not the end of the world, we have got a massive game coming up on Tuesday and it's a game we need to win.”