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Gareth Southgate already has major Spain ‘concern’ ahead of Euros Final

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England will take on Spain in the Euro 2024 final on Sunday after dramatically overcoming the Netherlands but Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has already explained his one worry ahead of the clash in Berlin

Gareth Southgate reflects on Netherlands win

Gareth Southgate admits Spain’s extra day of rest could give them an advantage in the Euro 2024 final.

England take on the 2008 and 2012 winners in Berlin on Friday after their epic win against the Netherlands. The Three Lions came from behind to win in Dortmund after Harry Kane’s controversial penalty cancelled out Xavi Simons’ stunning opener. Aston Villa star Ollie Watkins then fired home a dramatic stoppage time winner to tee-up Sunday’s finale. But Southgate believes his side are already on the back foot.

Spain took on France in their own semi-final on Tuesday, meaning that they have already had an extra day to recuperate. Explaining how his team plans on navigating that challenge, he said: “It’s not as simple as us having the ball and making them run.

“They press very, very well so we’re going to have to be exceptional with the ball and we’re going to have to be exceptional without it. It’s a final so you expect it to be that way. They’ve been the best team. We’re starting to show a better version of ourselves.

“The extra day [of rest for Spain] is a concern, in the last few tournaments that’s been a problem for finalists. We’ve got to do the very best we can to recover the players as well as we can.

“We’re not going to be on the training ground, that’s simple. We’ll be walking through things or delivering things in meetings, it was the same for this game, but we’re in there and with what we’ve shown to this point, we have as good a chance as they do.”

Gareth Southgate believes Spain are the best team at Euro 2024(Getty Images)

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