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Southgate gives Middlesbrough players two days off

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has granted his players time away from football.

After 10 successive away defeats, the manager is giving his squad a two-day break before commencing preparations for the visit to Newcastle United.

"It's important the players get some time off with their families. The next week's going to be intense enough," he said. "They'll come back in on Tuesday and work their backsides off."

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