Southgate delighted England stars showed ‘courage’ to secure defeat of Spain

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 3 whoops revealed Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 Most read on talkSPORT.com latest “It’s not for me to take any credit,” the England boss said of Sterling.“I think the only thing we did say was when he scores he’ll probably score again – and he managed to do that pretty quickly.“I’m delighted for him because I don’t think he ever lacked confidence, but I said last night sometimes you get chances and you’re thinking too much.“I think tonight he just took the chances and was prepared to hit things early.“But also, his general game was good. He took up some really dangerous pockets of play and got turned and running at the defence.“Him and Marcus were really diligent with their defending as well, which we needed because you’re never going to dominate the whole game somewhere like this. England held on to the win despite Spain’s second-half fight back Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions predicted Raheem Sterling ended his 1,102-day wait for an international goal in style on Monday night, opening the scoring before netting a second time either side of a Marcus Rashford strike.Praise was heaped on England by the watching millions, and Southgate spoke after the final whistle to congratulate his players.“I’m just extremely proud of the performance the players have given because the played with huge courage,” Southgate said.“We knew that to come here and just defend for 90 minutes, you’re unlikely to get a result, so we needed to be brave with the ball.“We talked about the threat that our front three have and that they need to believe in themselves, but also we then have to get the ball to them.“We knew today, the way that Spain press, you have to get the first couple of passes out of that press spot on.“At times, we ran the risk of losing the ball near our goal, but when we got out of that press we were a huge threat in counter attack.“So, the quality of the play and the bravery of the players was thing that pleased me most.”This was the first time ever that Spain had conceded three goals in a competitive home match, with the Three Lions running amok during a magnificent first half.Southgate was proud of the way that Rashford, Harry Kane and Sterling led from the front, with the latter grabbing the most attention after ending his goal drought so impressively. “We had to do more than of our share and being compact without the ball was going to be critical.”England had to dig deep to win their first match in Spain since February 1987 and alleviate the threat of relegation from the Nations League’s top tier.Jordan Pickford was often in the spotlight in the Group A4 encounter at Real Betis’ Estadio Benito Villamarin, where he played a key role in the Three Lions’ opening two goals before almost gifting Spain a way back through his overconfidence.“We’ve tried to talk to him about having an extra touch because at times when you do that the game opens up for you as a goalkeeper and some of those options become more apparent,” Southgate said of the England goalkeeper.“So I thought in the two matches he’s had this week, he’s shown real composure to do that, find passes into midfielders. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 3center_img BEST OF Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update “He has got the technical ability to do it.“He maybe hasn’t got the technical ability to do a Cruyff (turn) in his own six-yard box, but that’s something he’ll have to work on at Everton not with us probably.” tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion England boss Gareth Southgate was left delighted at the performance put in by his players in their 3-2 Nations League defeat of Spain.The Three Lions raced into a 3-0 lead before half-time in Seville, and though the hosts fought back and netted twice in the second period, Southgate’s side had done enough to secure all three points. gameday cracker scrap Pickford was fortunate not to concede a penalty after cheaply losing the ball inside his own area SORRY Sterling was ruthless in front of goal after months of woeful finishing for England LATEST The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 last_img

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