sport news Gareth Southgate insists England were EXCITING during 2-0 defeat by Belgium

Gareth Southgate insists England were EXCITING during 2-0 defeat by Belgium as he is forced to defend his tactics after being dumped of Nations League by Roberto Martinez's men Gareth Southgate insists England were 'exciting to watch' against Belgium The Three Lions were beaten 2-0 by Roberto Martinez's men on Sunday evening The defeat means England can no longer reach the Nations League semi-finals  Southgate's since had to defend his tactics and maintains his side were exciting

By Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline

Published: 17:19 GMT, 17 November 2020 | Updated: 17:19 GMT, 17 November 2020

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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

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 on in the first half for Roberto Martinez's side

Youri Tielemans broke the deadlock early

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