Riverside Stadium

Next Game

England U21 v Germany U21

Monday, 30 March 2015, 16:00

U-21 International

Last Game

France U21 3 - 2 England U21

Monday, 17 November 2014, 20:00

U-21 International

Southgate savours England win

Gareth Southgate paid tribute to the performance of his England Under-21 side following their 3-1 win over Wales U21s on Monday night.

Last Updated: 20/05/14 at 09:23 Post Comment

Gareth Southgate: Happy with England's performance against Wales

Gareth Southgate: Happy with England's performance against Wales

Nathan Redmond netted a hat-trick at Swansea's Liberty Stadium on Monday night, although his third goal appeared to go in after brushing team-mate Saldo Berahino, as England effectively sealed their place in the play-offs for the European U21 Championship.

Redmond's opener after 18 minutes was quickly cancelled out by Gwion Edwards but he restored England's lead before half-time and the scoring was completed in the 90th minute.

Southgate told Sky Sports: "I thought we were terrific with the ball. With our movement and pace, we created so many really good chances that, if I'm going to be critical, we probably should have been more ruthless.

"They are a fantastic group of players to work with and I thought there some outstanding performances, even if we didn't quite see the game out as we should have done."

Southgate was particularly impressed by the display of Redmond, who was a constant threat in attack.

"The one area of the game he is looking to add is goals, and we are able to give him the freedom to play in more advanced areas," said Southgate.

"I thought he was such a handful all night, but the service to him was good as well and we have three or four players who if we can get them in one-on-one situations are devastating in attack."

England are now nine points clear at the top of their group but Southgate is not getting carried away about their chances of playing in the tournament in Czech Republic next summer.

He added: "We want to make sure that we keep putting markers down and that we are a side that teams will fear, but the unknown is who we draw in the play-offs."

Redmond added: "We kept the ball well, and I managed to get in the right areas to score the goals.

"We've got a good young team, and the quality we show in training showed out there tonight. We kept it well, we created space and chances against a difficult Wales team that made it hard for us."

The result leaves Wales U21s with little chance of progressing into the play-offs, and manager Geraint Williams admitted his side had been outplayed.

"It was going to be a very tough game. If we were going to win, we had to be at our best defensively and with the ball," said Williams.

"Unfortunately, in the first half we didn't defend as well as we did in the first game at Derby, and we conceded two bad goals from our point of view.

"We had two great chances in the first half, and those are the ones we have got to take.

"When you play against the top international sides you have got to defend as well as you can, and when you get those chances - one versus one - you have got to put them away."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: Jose Mourinho admits being a fan of West Ham ahead of Boxing Day showdown

Jose Mourinho has backtracked on his 19th century football jib against West Ham ahead of today's showdown with Chelsea.

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

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