SOUTHGATE SPEAKS

England boss Gareth Southgate spoke to Sky after the game: “The scoreline does feel harsh. We don’t like losing football matches but I’ve got to give enormous credit to the players.

“Right the way through the game we created problems with the ball and defended resiliently. I feel we were excellent.

“We had a different profile of players in attack – we lost a lot of speed up front without Raheem and Marcus – but I can’t fault the attacking play.

“I thought Jack had an absolutely outstanding game. We created far more opportunities than we did against Belgium at Wembley.

“I saw somebody with the bravery to play [Grealish], which I knew I would.

“He took the ball in tight areas, his technique was good, he took players out of the game; and we knew he would buy a lot of free-kicks.

“I just thought he was outstanding. He should be absolutely delighted with the way he played.

“I thought Bukayo also showed a lot of maturity and quality on the ball. Although we are out of the competition, there were a lot of plusses for us today.”



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