England coach Southgate hails impressive win over Senegal


DOHA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- England coach Gareth Southgate praised his side for the 3-0 win over Senegal in Qatar World Cup round of 16 on Sunday night with goals from Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka.

Henderson opened the scoring in the 38th minute when England were struggling to contain Senegal, who almost took the lead through Boulaye Dia.

"We were a bit sticky with the ball in the first 25 to 30 minutes," admitted Southgate, who said that in the first half, England's best chances "came from winning the ball from them, and Jude (Bellingham) and Hendo (Henderson) were outstanding in that aspect of the game."

"They're both forward-thinking midfield players. Hendo doesn't get many (goals) for us, but he's been outstanding. He's such a leader, he knits the team together, around the camp he's brilliant, and his performances have been top drawer for us," commented Southgate.

The coach was also happy to see Kane net his first goal from open play for England in open play this year when he finished off a break started by Jude Bellingham and prolonged by the impressive Phil Foden with the last kick of the first half.

"It was important for Harry Kane and for us to score," he said, before turning his attention to players such as Foden, Bellingham (who is just 19) and Saka.

"We've got some super young players, and it's been right to give them their opportunity. These games are brilliant life experience for them. Their progress is phenomenal. The team has made a very complicated game tonight look straightforward," said Southgate.

Talking about the quarterfinal against defending champions France, Southgate said that France is "an outstanding team with a phenomenal tournament record and some outstanding individuals. So, without a doubt it's a game where we'll have to find our highest possible level."

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In World

Ukraine says it will not strike Russian territory with new missiles
Turkey says no concrete evidence of threat to foreigners after ISIS suspects detained -state media
Snow and winter storms cut power, disrupt traffic across the Balkans
Lantern Festival returns to Taipei after 23 years
Iran's supreme leader issues pardon for 'tens of thousands' of prisoners - IRNA
Lebanon hopes UNESCO danger listing could save crumbling modernist fairground
UK's shortest-serving PM Liz Truss blames economic 'orthodoxy' for downfall
South Korea searches for missing crew after fishing boat capsizes
Fierce fighting in north of Ukraine's Bakhmut, says Russian head of Wagner militia
Germany's Scholz: Putin has not threatened me or Germany - Bild

Others Also Read