Gareth Southgate has vowed that England has not hit their top form in Euro 2020 so far. Raheem Sterling scored a header to help England to a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in group d. They have been solid defensively, not conceding a single goal in the tournament thus far. England is set to face the runners-up in Group F at Wembley.
“There is more to come from us, definitely,” Gareth Southgate said after England made it through to the knockout stages at Euro 2020. “We’re not fluent but we have moments where we are a good side. We are still improving. We look difficult to play against. We haven’t scored from a set play yet,” he added. “I know people laugh about us only scoring from set plays but they are crucial in big matches and we have to get those nailed.”
“We wanted to win the group, we wanted to stay at Wembley and we will wait and see who we play tomorrow,” he added. “They are different sorts of tests but there are a lot of good things we are doing. We have managed to get most of the squad into games, 90 minutes for Harry Maguire which was important, Hendo [Jordan Henderson] got 45 minutes which was a real step forward. There were a lot of positives for us.”
Sterling hit the post before scoring a header from an assist by Jack Grealish. The latter was one of the four changes after Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were ruled out for the match. Both players were said to have made close contact with Billy Giilmour who tested positive for the coronavirus.
“I thought we started really well, we were stable with the ball, we had worked on some of the stuff in training yesterday,” he said. “Credit to the players, some of the stuff we had to adjust without the ball as we had to change what we were doing overnight because of the different personnel.”