England manager Gareth Southgate was full of praise for his England team as they secured a place in the World Cup to be held next year in Qatar. England beat San Marino 10-0, the first time they scored double figures since 1964. They topped their group with a few results coming in tough games such as visits to Hungary, Poland, and Albania.
“The qualification was earned away in Budapest, Warsaw, and Albania,” England manager Gareth Southgate said. “I have to credit all our players and staff for a very good year. We cannot do anything about the level of opposition but the mentality and the way they applied themselves was terrific.”
“We knew we’d win the game. What we wanted was to challenge the team to put a high level of performance in,” he added. “We know the opposition isn’t strong but the mentality within the group shone through again and when you’ve got senior players like Conor Coady, Tyrone Mings, Harry Maguire, and Harry Kane, who set the tone, then it’s something for the young players to feed off.”
“They had a structure to play in and were able to express themselves, and we finish the year, what’s been a tough year in terms of a full World Cup qualifying campaign and a full European Championship, but the mentality of the team and all of the staff, they’ve given everything and I’m very proud of what they’ve done across the year.” he continued.