England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that he found his team’s performance against Kosovo bizarre. The Three Lions were made to compete against Kosovo, who are ranked 120th in the standings, as they won 5-3, thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho and an own goal by Mergim Vojvoda.
England’s defending didn’t seem to particularly please Southgate, who labeled the performance as bizarre and thinks that the best features from the game were the poor ones – like the start of the match or the individual errors.
"Well, bizarre really," Southgate said of the performance,” SportsMole quoted him as saying.
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"Kosovo can qualify"
"Their fans were amazing"
"You should be proud of this team"
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"The outstanding features and the poor features are apparent to everybody, so we don't need to get the video out and go back through it. Poor individual mistakes, a poor start to the game.”
He also highlighted the start after half-time and the poor mistakes they made in that time frame. The Englishman stated that he doesn’t know what exactly the problem was but the errors were really basic and something from which they have to learn from.
"The small period after half-time: ridiculous mistakes, poor decisions, lack of covering back. Whether it was the intensity of the game, whether it was the pressure, I don't know. We've got to reflect on that, but they were such basic errors, really, that you have to learn from."