Southgate pleased with players after victory over Czech Republic in the European tournament, praised Saka for his standout performance.
England manager Gareth Southgate is pleased his players after the victory against Czech Republic in the Euro competition.
England beat Czech Republic in the final group stage game as Sterling’s only goal kept the team on the top of the group.
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Southgate, after the game said he was happy with the performance of his side and how they controlled the game.
“I liked the way we moved the ball through the pitch,” Southgate said. We had good control in possession at the back.
“We’ve got some very experienced players in there to help them. I liked the interchange of our forward players and it allowed them to get free.
“I thought we were a threat, but we tired quite a bit. That is a concern but not something that’s surprised us as we’ve got a few who are short of match fitness.
“It’s great we’ve been able to get players minutes on the pitch, great we’ve been able to top the group to stay at Wembley.”
Southgate was full of praise for Arsenal star man Bukayo Saka after the game follow is performance.
“We had a really good feeling about Bukayo since the first day he trained with us in this period. In every period he’s been with us he’s impressed us.
“He’s a totally reliable player, for a young player it’s an exceptional quality. His ability to receive under pressure was really important to get us through the thirds of the pitch.
“I thought Bukayo was the real standout performance.
“We played him in the position we did, partly because of his work off the ball is so good. His angles of approach are good. I know his club have worked a lot with him on that.”