Wembley Stadium

Next Game

England v Slovenia

Saturday, 15 November 2014, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group E

Last Game

Estonia 0 - 1 England

Sunday, 12 October 2014, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group E

Southgate pleased with start

New England U21 head coach Gareth Southgate was pleased with their display in his first match in charge against Moldova.

Last Updated: 06/09/13 at 07:23 Post Comment

Gareth Southgate's tenure got off to a successful start

Gareth Southgate's tenure got off to a successful start

Southgate's men only had Saido Berahino's early strike to show for their efforts but they peppered the Moldovan goal and Southgate was keen to look for the positives after the 1-0 victory.

"I think that, when we watch the game back, there will be so many good things from it," he said.

"But obviously, when it is 10 minutes until the end and they are starting to put free-kicks in your box, you run the risk of there being a punch-line at the end which you don't want.

"I am very pleased with so many things, though. I thought we controlled possession well, even when the goal didn't come, we didn't panic.

"In the first half I think we needed to get more men in the box, more support up to Saido, and probably to get crosses in slightly earlier because we made overlaps, made two versus one situations and just needed to be a bit more ruthless around the box.

"That was the same in a different way in the second half, but there is lots I am very happy with.

"I was just really looking forward to seeing the players transfer what they've been doing in training and several of them played with that freedom that I wanted.

"There were one or two slightly nervy passes in the first half, but I think that was understandable with it being a new start, new players, and the expectation of winning comfortably."

Southgate has taken over from Stuart Pearce, whose six-year reign ended after England disappointingly lost all three of their matches at Euro 2013.

"We have kept in contact right through and he has been very supportive," said Southgate.

"He sent me a message before the game today and that sums up the man really. He's been a good friend and he is a special person."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

B

alotelli would've scored if the goals height was 3 times higher too...

footyfan52
Rodgers defends Balotelli

A

s if storey would ever get invited on a stag do

dooby
Does Wenger Know He's To Blame?

I

disagree. We sit here in our ivory towers looking down our noses at people we perceive tio be thick, but if Harry Redknapp and Tim Sherwood can do it, frankly, anyone can.........

HarryBoulton
Roy: Rooney can become manager

Footer 365

Government reveal plans aimed at making it easier for fans to run football clubs

The Government has revealed plans to establish a group of experts aimed at making it easier for fans to run football clubs.

Louis van Gaal felt individual errors spoiled a good display from Manchester United in draw at West Brom

Louis van Gaal felt that Manchester United produced their 'best match of the season', despite the 2-2 draw at West Brom.

Premier League: QPR forward Adel Taarabt criticises Harry Redknapp over claims he is unfit

QPR forward Adel Taarabt has hit back at manager Harry Redknapp over claims that he is overweight and unfit to play.

Mail Box

Reimbursing Fans? How Patronising...

It's something of a return to form for the mailbox with mails on Southampton (Liverpool fans are cynical), the gorgeous Graziano Pelle, Arsenal, Spurs and more...

Let's Face It, Liverpool Were Utter Dross

It's a reactive Monday morning Mailbox. Liverpool fans are getting pretty sodding worried, whilst we have the latest on the Southampton CRISIS. Plus, well done Michael Oliver...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property