Gareth Southgate was impressed by is team performance against Albania
Gareth Southgate was impressed by is team performance against Albania and he believes they can be better against any other team.
A goal from Tottenham forward Harry Kane and Mason Mount secure the three point for the Three Lions, the first thirty minutes was difficult for England, because Albania sat at the back, before the deadlock was broken.
A cross from Luke Shaw in the thirty Eight minutes meet Harry Kane and he headed it at the back of the net befo Mason Mount added the second from a open play.
“I think we controlled the game very well,” England boss Southgate said.
“For the first 25 minutes or so we just struggled to find space in behind their midfield. The space was there, we could get the connections to the players.
“We just tweaked a little bit the way we were building up and then we had a little bit more joy, certainly down the left side with Luke, Raheem (Sterling) and Mason connecting to begin with.
“Then gradually that happened on the right as well, so I think we were pleased with that.
“We controlled most of the game in that period, should have scored more.
“I didn’t particularly like the way we managed the last 15 minutes. I just thought there were some decisions we made that needed to be better in order to either score more or not invite pressure.
“I thought we could have kept the ball a bit better in those periods.
“But, look, it’s a good win and we move on in healthy condition to Wednesday.”
Southgate also comment on mount “He’s a very good player – but I was saying this in the autumn,” Southgate said of Mount.
“I suppose now Thomas Tuchel picks him probably everybody will agree! When it was Frank (Lampard) it didn’t count for some reason but he’s an exceptional player.
“He find space intelligently, he manipulates the ball very well, he creates chances, he can score goals.
“I thought his performance was excellent tonight but I thought Phil was also very good, our attacking four were good.
“(Declan) Rice and (Kalvin) Phillips read the game well, competed well, we won the ball back really quickly.
“I think we were over 70 per cent possession. We have controlled the game and the longer it went on we created more chances and could have finished more comfortable.”
Asked if he would be prepared to start Mount against Poland on Wednesday after playing from the off against San Marino and Albania, Southgate said: “Absolutely.
“I think we’ve looked out for all of the players in the first game and his load coming into the camp was that he didn’t play in the midweek in the Champions League.
“But regardless of that, we’re trying to win and qualify for a World Cup.