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Gareth Southgate Says England Have Made Massive Strives Since World Cup

Gareth Southgate says the England National team are high in confidence and “know they’re going to score goals”.

England secured their place as one of the top six seeds at next summer’s Euro 2020 with a 4-0 win away to Kosovo.

Southgate’s side concluded their successful qualifying campaign with a high score-line, despite a lacklustre performance in Pristina.

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Despite needing to avoid defeat to confirm their top six seed position, it was a slow start before Harry Winks opened the scoring for England with composed finish for his first international goal.

Kosovo, who were already out of contention to qualify for the play-offs, came close throughout the game, with captain Amir Rrahmani heading wide of an empty net and dangerman Valon Berisha firing wide.

England had to wait until the 79th minute for their second goal as Harry Kane finished well from close range. That goal maintained his record of scoring in all eight qualifiers.

Substitute Marcus Rashford added a third with a superb finish into the bottom corner with seven minutes left to wrap up the game.

Mason Mount scored his first international goal at senior level in stoppage time after a defensive error to add to the flattering score-line.

After the game Southgate said his side are further ahead than they were at the same stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifying.

“I think the team have belief, for sure, you can see the confidence,” Southgate said.

“They have got the confidence to control games with possession, and they know they’re going to score goals.

He added: “We’re definitely further ahead than we were heading into Russia, but we made massive strides in this period when we went into Russia.”

“We’ve got to make sure that, to get the level of performance next summer, we’re going to have to improve in the way that we did over that spell as well.”

England’s players received a great welcome from the Kosovo supporters for the part the UK government played in the 1999 liberation of Kosovo.

During the English national anthem, the home end held up St. George’s flag cards and revealed a large flag before kick-off.

The Kosovo fans also greeted the England team announcement with cheers for every player, a stark contrast to the racist abuse England faced in Montenegro and Bulgaria.

England top group A winning seven out of eight games in qualifying, scoring 37 goals.

They will be in the top six seeds pot for the draw on the 30th November in Bucharest.

Although the draw has not taken place yet, England will definitely be in Group D due to the new Euro format with multiple host countries. If Scotland win next year’s Nations League Path C play-offs, they will join England in Group D.

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