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Gareth Southgate fears England could be ’embarrassed’ by fans at Germany clash

Gareth Southgate fears England will be “embarrassed” if traveling fans cause trouble in Tuesday’s Uefa Nations League clash with Germany.

Thousands of traveling English supporters begin arriving in Munich on Monday for the first major away trip to be played in front of a full crowd, post-pandemic, and Southgate warned a “spotlight” will be on them following previous disorder, including at the Euro 2020 end.

In his appeal for calm, England’s manager spoke specifically of the negative effect that fan misbehaviour has on his players immediately before a match. “It definitely has an impact,” he said.

Extra spotters and even Wembley stewards will be flown out to support Munich police as a ring of steel security plan swings into operation. Ugly scenes the last time England played in Germany, in 2017, had been cited as a particular low point by the Football Association in the build up to Tuesday’s Nations League fixture.

Southgate challenged fans to build on Britain’s international reputation after successful celebrations over the weekend for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“You are embarrassed when you hear about it [the trouble]because you know it’s a representation of your country, in the same way there’s been a brilliant representation of that across the world in the last couple of days,” he added.

“So we’re always aware of that. I think we can only give the correct messages – it’s then you’ve got to rely on people behaving themselves.”

England have been allocated 3,466 tickets, but it is likely many other fans will have bought tickets in the home areas of the 70,000-seater Allianz Arena.

Ahead of the fixture, 880 known troublemakers have given up passports and there are 1,122 banning orders effective this week. Southgate said: “I think we know because of the landscape at the moment that the spotlight is going to be on so we all want to be coming away talking about a brilliant night and be talking about good football and a stunning atmosphere. We don’ t have any control over that – we can only ask that’s what our supporters deliver.”

‘We want our fans to be respectful in a different country’

England will continue to play some fringe players on Tuesday as they look to bounce back from a shock 1-0 defeat in Hungary.

The behavior of crowds had also been the talking point in Budapest after schoolchildren allowed inside the supposedly “behind closed doors” fixture booed players for taking the knee.

Following the clash with Germany, it is England’s turn to serve a stadium punishment – over last year’s Wembley Euro final chaos – as they host Italy at a largely empty Molineux Stadium.

With a second game behind closed doors suspended for two years, the FA is desperate to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing scenes when England traveled to Dortmund in 2017 and sang anti-German war songs throughout the match.

No alcohol will be served on the ground and 12 stewards from Wembley are making the journey to Munich, along with six dedicated spotters, to help the German authorities and police. The FA received interest in buying tickets for the Germany game from over 6,000 fans, but it is unclear how many supporters are likely to travel in total. Midfielder Kalvin Phillips joined Southgate last night in urging fans to behave.

“There’s always going to be issues, but we want our fans to go there and be respectful to Munich and be respectful in a different country,” he said.

“We’d expect the same back. When Germany came to our country, you know, it was very respectful. The fans support us well and when they behave well and when they act like real fans, which they always do, I think they ‘re no problem.”

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