By Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline
Published: 17:19 GMT, 17 November 2020 | Updated: 17:19 GMT, 17 November 2020
Gareth Southgate believes his England side were 'exciting to watch' in the 2-0 defeat by Belgium on Sunday evening.
The disappointing defeat at the hands of Roberto Martinez's men ended England's hopes of reaching the Nations League semi-finals following two first-half goals from Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens.
Southgate's tactics have since been questioned after he deployed a back-three against Belgium and against Ireland – a game they comfortably won 3-0 just days before.
Gareth Southgate insists England were 'exciting to watch' in their 2-0 defeat by Belgium
But while Southgate was unhappy with the result, he defended his tactics before claiming his team were easy on the eye against the Red Devils.
'I think we were very exciting to watch against Ireland and we were very exciting to watch against Belgium,' Southgate said in his Tuesday press conference.
'Statistically, our job is to analyse games during and after them. There's our coaching eye on how we played but then we look at the data and that's as good a performance we've had against any of the big nations.
'There's an interesting thing is that there is a perception we didn't start the game well in the first half an hour – we had more attempts on goal that Belgium, they had a tiny bit more possession, but we had more of the dangerous attacks and more shots on goal.
Youri Tielemans broke the deadlock early