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England fans fume as Channel 4 ditch Southgate interview to show GOGGLEBOX

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ENGLAND fans were left fuming after watching their side suffer a dismal defeat to Italy.

That’s because Channel 4 cut away from their post-match interview with Gareth Southgate to instead air GOGGLEBOX.

The Three Lions put in another shoddy performance as their winless run extended to five matches.

England watched on helplessly as Giacomo Raspadori’s 86th minute strike sealed the win for Italy.

And the result condemned England to relegation in Nations League A, setting up a horror draw for Euro 2024.

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Three Lions fans waited with bated breath for Southgate’s interview after the final whistle.

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With the World Cup on the horizon, supporters wanted to know what his thoughts on the performance were.

But just before Southgate was due to speak, Nations League broadcaster Channel 4 ended their football programme.

And they instead booted up an episode of reality TV show Gogglebox.

England fans who had been waiting for answers from Southgate were left fuming.

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Many blasted Channel 4 for the bizarre decision to cut away from the Three Lions gaffer.

And it means that Monday’s dead rubber against Germany will be the final time fans can hear Southgate’s thoughts before the World Cup boots up in November.

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One tweeted: “Pretty stunned Channel 4 don’t have a post-game interview with Southgate. So many questions after that.”

Another boomed: “Channel 4 not showing Southgate’s post-match interview until gone midnight because they’ve got to show Gogglebox?

“Put it back on the BBC where it belongs ffs.”

One yelled: “Just when you don’t think it could get worse, Channel 4 don’t show us the interview with Southgate.

“We’ve got to go straight to people stroking their dogs and eating muffins in front of the TV.”

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Another cried: “Finishing before any interview with Southgate having to talk live about that dire match, purely for Gogglebox, is nothing short of a disgrace.”

Southgate still managed to deliver his interview despite the cameras not being on.

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After being booed by travelling fans at the final whistle, he said: “There’s going to be a lot of noise but that will be around me and that’s absolutely fine. It’s my job to take that pressure for them.

“I understand the reaction at the end because that’s the results we’ve had in this competition. It’s an understandable emotional reaction.

“It is difficult for me to be too critical of the performance. We had more possession, more shots, more shots on target. For large parts we played very well.

“We didn’t deal with the decisive moment defensively and we had moments to be more decisive in their final third and our quality wasn’t quite right.

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“It’s a spell where ultimately results are going to be the thing everyone reacts to but I thought there were a lot of positives for us as a team. A lot of good individual performances.

“I personally thought the performance was a step in the right direction but I perfectly understand that because of the result that’s not going to be the reaction.

“It is really difficult to pinpoint why we’re not scoring. I think we’re getting into the right areas and we had the moments we would have had in the past. People just didn’t deliver that final piece of quality.

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“We’ve said we’re not in an ideal situation in terms of numbers of players playing at a high level regularly. But we’ve got to keep working on it and make sure we stay on track. 

“The players in the dressing room know this was a game they could have won. And if they take their chances and defend the goal better, then we do win.

“It’s fine margins. We’re playing some of the biggest football nations and the fine margins are decisive.

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“We can’t say there’s no value to these games. These were important matches against top level teams. As I said there were a lot of reasons for the results in the summer.

“Here, we haven’t got the result we needed or wanted. So we are in a run of bad results. It’s for us to put that right.”

Source: The Sun

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