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Gareth Southgate warns fans not to ’embarrass’ England ahead of Germany match. soccer

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Gareth Southgate says crowd trouble has an 'effect' on players

Gareth Southgate says crowd trouble has an ‘effect’ on players (Picture: Getty)

Gareth Southgate has urged England fans should not ’embarrass’ the country as the Three Lions prepare to face Germany in Munich and insist crowd trouble has an ‘impact’ on players.

Around 3,500 England fans have tickets to Tuesday’s Nations League match against Germany at the Allianz Arena, with more expected to travel without tickets.

England supporters faced backlash after they chanted World War Two songs last played in Germany and yesterday’s match comes just a day after the anniversary of D-Day.

Meanwhile, over 100 arrests were made during England’s trip to Amsterdam in 2018 to play the Netherlands.

The FA is aware of the potential for crowd trouble in Germany and is sending additional stewards and specialist spotters to identify troublemakers.

Southgate was asked about the behavior of England fans ahead of his team’s tour of Germany and said: ‘I think we know because of the scenario at the moment that the headlines are going to be there.

‘So we all want to come in talking about a great night, good football and a great atmosphere. All we can ask is that this is what our supporters give.

England suffered a crushing defeat to Hungary on Saturday

England suffered a crushing defeat to Hungary on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

,[Crowd trouble] definitely has an impact [on the players], Employees working on things that are detracting from the core part of their job are embarrassing when you hear about it, because you know it’s a representation of your country.

‘I think we can only give the right message, then you have to trust the people who behave with you.

‘We have supporters from all parts of the country who travel wonderfully, and leave overseas with a great feeling about England and English supporters.

‘We also know that there have always been people who do it differently, and have been like this for 40 years.’

England were penalized for crowd trouble at the Euro 2020 final (Picture: Getty)

England were ordered to play a match behind closed doors as punishment for the unrest at Wembley during the Euro 2020 final.

UEFA also imposed a suspended ban for the second game, which would be activated over the next two years if crowd troubles recur.

More than 1,100 fans are currently following ban orders, while 880 supporters were forced to surrender their passports for the duration of the trip to Germany.

Southgate’s side will be aiming to bounce back from a crushing defeat to Hungary on Saturday when they face Hansi Flick’s Germany.

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