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  • David Tyrer

Southgate happier England fans were booing Van Dijk

Far be it for us to decide how a group of fans should be acting, but you'd think that with the reputation English fans have at the moment that Gareth Southgate might be a little bit more disappointed in their pitch-side behaviour this week.

The worst elements of England fans were on display again this week in Porto, as fans clashed with police and basically acted as you'd expect them to abroad.

To put the icing on the cake, they spent the entire match against Van Dijk's Netherlands team booing the Dutch captain. Why? Well, probably because he plays for us.

So, when Southgate was asked what he thought of the England fans booing Van Dijk, it was somewhat surprising to hear his response.

He said: "I’m happier they’re booing the opposition now than they booed our players when we started.

"We’re making progress. Driving through the streets of Malta, if Virgil has to take a bit, fair enough."

It's a shame from Southgate really, considering when asked about the same thing, Van Dijk's English team mate Joe Gomez expressed his confusion at the booing.

He said: "I don’t know where it was coming from. I hadn’t see him do anything wrong. It doesn’t pose much benefit for us as a team.

"We get on the ball and play the same way. I don’t see the relevance with it. Maybe they were just following on. I don’t think it affected us or the way we play as a team."

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