The warning England boss gave Tuchel and Co

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England finished the international duty with a perfect record, with three victories against San Marino, Albania and Poland.

Meanwhile, before the game against Poland, England boss Gareth Southgate had warned that he won’t try to do too much of a favour by resting the players, insisting that he also has a mandate to produce results for the Three Lions.

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount had an injury scare after the Albania game, but Southgate deemed it fit to give him 90 minutes game time against Poland.

Explaining his decision, Southgate said before the game: “We’ve managed the players, not only their match minutes but their training minutes and we’ve also taken into account what their match load has been like in the last couple of months.

“Frankly every other country around Europe are working in the same way or they are playing the players even more.

“We cannot hinder ourselves by always thinking about how we can help the clubs – we’ve got to win the matches.

“There are 60m people waiting for that and we do that professionally, we don’t take risks with players with any sort of injuries but by the same token we think the players are in a good place physically and they have not been on the pitch too long.”

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