Southgate delighted with England performance

Gareth Southgate England

England manager Gareth Southgate was full of praise for his side’s performance in their 1-0 win over the Netherlands at the Amsterdam Arena on Friday.

A strike from Jesse Lingard in the 59th minute ensured the victory went to the Three Lions who were largely dominant in the contest.

Aside from the goal in the second stanza from the Manchester United forward, the English had a decent shout for a penalty in the early stages when Danny Rose was hauled down in the area.

In addition, Marcus Rashford was also brought down in the box by a combination of Matthijs de Ligt and Jeroen Zoet, however, referee Jesus Gil declined to blow his whistle.

Nonetheless, Southgate expressed delight with the display in Holland, telling the Football Association’s official website: “I think it was a good test for us.

“We came away from home and controlled the game, really. We used the ball really well, especially in the first 60-65 minutes.

“Maybe a little more quality in the final third was required, but I’m really pleased with the way we played up until that point and defensively, we looked pretty solid.

“I thought we showed really good play up until that last final finish and final ball. The back three were excellent. Along with the goalkeeper, they were able to play from the back and they played with real composure.

“We’re going to have to get used to them taking risks in those areas of the pitch because that’s how we want to play, so I thought they played with intelligence but also composure.

“The defenders and goalkeeper are all capable, really capable, of using the ball well and we were able to work the game out tactically to make sure we got into areas of the pitch to keep it higher up.

“We’ve still got lots to work on and we can get better, and there’s more things we want to look at on Tuesday, but it was a really good exercise today.

“I’m delighted for Jesse, he’s a player we’ve worked with for three or four years, in the U21s as well. This season, he’s starting to finish the chances and he’s a good player.

“Jordan Pickford was also excellent. I’m really pleased for him, he played as we know he can. You saw all the attributes that he had and most importantly, he was tidy with his goalkeeping.

“We know what he can do with his feet but he was tidy with his goalkeeping and generally, good decision-making.”