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Tottenham legend Klinsmann tribute to English football

Tottenham legend Jurgen Klinsmann has paid tribute to English football.

In a video tribute to the FA as part of their 150 year celebrations, USA coach Klinsmann spoke of his time in England.

"It took a while in the 1990s for foreign players to break into the English game," he said. "Not only in the Premier League but also by being accepted and respected by the fans.

"They simply did it because of their quality, players like [Gianluca] Vialli, [Ruud] Gullit, [Gianfranco] Zola. They just won the people over because they were good. They raised the bar in England. For me, as a German, it was not easy in the beginning because, what does a German want in England?

"But after the beginning, when there were some sceptics, you can win people over with what you are doing. You work as hard as you can and as a striker, you try to score goals and once you've shown them your qualities, the people in England will accept and respect you.

"My experience of playing in England, in the Premier League, has been a wonderful, positive one.

"That's because of everything that comes into the game for the people there, the social element, they are connected with the game, they live the game and how what they experience when they go to the stadium."

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