Southgate’s men ran rampant last night in the Round of 16 game at the Al Bayt stadium in a display he stated came from the “ruthlessness of our execution pleased me and the way the team worked without the ball”. Goals from Henderson, Kane and Saka provided the three lions a place in the World Cup Quarter finals.
The England leader Jordan Henderson showed why he deserves a place in midfield as a commander and forward thinking midfielder with his goal – he stated: “They had a couple of chances early doors but after that we took control of the game and once we scored first we went from strength to strength”.
Raheem Sterling is out of the England squad due to family issues. The forward is unlikely to return to the squad but Jordan Henderson hopes he can make a return: “I hope everything is okay with Raheem’s family at home and all our thoughts and support is with him”.
Sterling could be a real miss for England so it’s up to the other forwards to step up, which Southgate feels his men are more than capable of: “We have super young players and we feel it’s right to give them their opportunity”.
England will face France on Saturday and Southgate believes the Three Lions must show fight to beat the former World Cup champions: “They’re an outstanding team with a phenomenal tournament record, so without a doubt that is a game where we have to find our highest level possible””.