Gareth Southgate, England’s football team manager, has successfully managed to gather young football players to the squad, following their run into the World Cup semi-finals. Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez and Jadon Sancho, all impressive players especially Harry Kane.
With their 2-1 victory against Croatia, on Sunday at Wembley, team manager, Southgate, commended Harry Kane’s performance by saying, he’s the “best goalscorer in the world.”
Although Kane had missed a couple of chances before turning Ben Chilwell’s free-kick past Lovre Kalinic and has been criticized for his decisions, to which Gareth said, “You’re always loathe to take a player off of his ability… He’s our main penalty-taker, our leader… and his hold-up play and goal scoring is critical. We have huge belief in him and he is so hungry to lead the team on and further.”
Gareth Southgate was happy with the team’s progress for winning the group and that he did not anticipate England having such a great year of football.
He was taken aback and said, “I’m hugely proud of all the players and staff… We’ve grown together. We’ve improved every step. Today was another big occasion, a big experience. There was plenty of pressure on the game and expectation, but they coped with it really well.”
The manager was also pleased and praised the atmosphere in Wembley stadium that day by saying, “What pleases me is the connection with the fans” and that “I’ve not heard Wembley like that for years. We want to continue on these days and nights, and build on it. That energy helped us get over the line today.”
England will find out after next month’s draw, who their semi-final opponent is in Dublin. While taking huge pride in finishing at the top of the group which had Croatia and Spain, Gareth said, “You could look at the group with France, Germany and Holland, but I think ours on form has been the toughest to come through.”
With Portugal hosting the finals after finishing at the top of their group. Southgate, looking at the potential of his team, advised them not to lose the standard they had achieved.
As he said, “We’re not perfect but we are improving… We have real desire and hunger to keep improving. Slowly we are starting to beat those top teams. We’ve had a tough run but we’ve learned so much from it. You have to be near on perfect against the best teams. You are not allowed to be sloppy in any way. That has allowed us to progress.”
Further adding, “The World Cup was obviously far bigger but then you look at the next challenge. This was a great opportunity to test ourselves against top teams. We now have more opportunities to excite our supporter. Next year looks really exciting.”