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Löw has a high opinion, 10.11.2017

Daily Express
10 November 2017

Joachim Löw believes England are no longer a long-ball team under Gareth Southgate and are much smarter tactically.

The manager of the world champions and the winners of the summer's Confederations Cup as a string of injury problems going into tonight's friendly but insists he would have been experimenting anyway.

Löw is believed to have a pool of about three dozen players to whittle down to his final squad for the World Cup.

But missing tonight through injury and illness will be goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, defender Jerome Boateng, midfielder Toni Kroos and forwards Thomas Müller and Marco Reus.

RB Leipzig defender Marcel Halstenberg is one newcomer likely to figure tonight and Löw warned his line-up they face a stern test.

"The England team hasn't been this strong in years," he said. "They rely far less on long balls. All the big clubs in England have coaches who put a lot of value on putting together combinations of passes.

"You also see it in the national team, where there is more emphasis on tactics.

"England have quick players, the team is very well organised and they attack quickly. They are one of the best teams in transition."

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