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Middlesbrough boss explains Wheater omission

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has explained why he left David Wheater out of his team for Sunday's defeat against Manchester City.

Southgate insisted the time was right to give Wheater a break.

He said: "He has done really well for us, but he is a young player.

"There is a time to pull a player out and make sure his confidence is not affected.

"I thought a bit more experience would help us. I am very pleased with what he has done, but sometimes as a younger player, you need to have a look at things occasionally."

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