Result: Gareth Southgate: ‘There’s more to come from England’
Raheem Sterling headed in Jack Grealish’s impressive cross to seal a 1-0 win in London.
Gareth Southgate says there’s “more to come” from England after securing a tough comeback at Wembley in the Round of 16 by beating the Czech republic to crown their Euro 2020 group.
After starting with a 1-0 triumph over World Cup semi-final opponents Croatia and booed at the end of Friday’s 0-0 draw with their Scottish rivals, the Three Lions capped it all off with victory at Wembley on Tuesday night.
Rahim Sterling came home awesome Jack Greishto seal a 1-0 win over the Czechs as already-qualified England progressed as Group D winners.
The reward is a return to Wembley next Tuesday against France, GermanyPortugal or Hungary – a big leap in quality after progressing undefeated and unconcerned.
“We played two opponents, the Croats and the Czechs, who I think are playing at a very good level,” Southgate said after setting up the round of 16 against the runners-up in the so-called Group of Death.
“And Scotland, which as an opportunity and an experience for our players, especially the younger ones, was quite unique and really important, so it will be different games.
“We know world champions, European champions and Germany, who for me seem to be back on the song. They brought back very experienced players.
“So whoever we play, (will) be really, really tough opposition, but we kind of know that for 18 months. We know the road.
“The good thing from our point of view is that I think we are still improving, we look tough to face. There is more to come from us.
“We have more game minutes on the pitch for some important players and that squad depth is going to be important because I felt like we ran out of steam a bit in a few games.
“Being able to make substitutions and substitutions has been really helpful in managing games.”
The team have plenty to do ahead of next week’s knockout clash, although there are positives to be taken from the Group D decider as well.
Harry Maguire put in an encouraging performance as he returned from a six-week layoff with an ankle injury, while Jordan Henderson played another 45 minutes after undergoing groin surgery in February.
Playmaker Grealish looked sharp as he started his first major tournament match, when aged 19 Bukayo Saka produced a man of the match display as he took to that stage for the first time.
“Jack produced a fabulous cross for the goal,” said Southgate, who faced mason mount and Ben Chilwell go into isolation in a difficult accumulation.
“We saw that some of the position swaps from these strikers were really exciting, I was thinking especially at the start of the game. We got a little tired but we knew that because one or two are a bit out of shape.
“Bukayo, I can’t talk about him enough. He deserved this opportunity.
“His performance in training since joining this camp has been outstanding.
“He played well in the game at the Riverside. We talked about playing him in some of the previous games and, yes, he won that chance tonight and he took it. He was fabulous.