England boss Southgate heaps praise on Liverpool defender

Date published: Wednesday 15th November 2017 8:07

Gareth Southgate reserved words of praise for Liverpool defender and full England debutant Joe Gomez.

Gomez made his first appearance in an England shirt last week as a first-half substitute in the 0-0 draw with Germany.

The defender started against Brazil on Tuesday as a youthful Three Lions side again proved their mettle, repeating the trick against the attacking brilliance of Neymar and company.

Liverpool’s Gomez followed in the recent footsteps of Harry Winks and Ruben Loftus-Cheek by claiming the man-of-the-match award on his full debut, just reward for a performance of calm authority. Our player ratings were impressed.

He is now among a handful of players who have gone from rookie recruits to genuine contenders for Russia 2018 in the space of a transformative international break.

“I thought they were all excellent but Joe was named man of the match and rightly so,” Southgate said.

“I think his decision-making was outstanding. We know his athleticism is a real asset but to see his calmness in the face of such high-quality movement, dealing with through passes he had to read… superb.

“Joe has been one of the best young players in our system for a long time. It gives me plenty to think about.”

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