Southgate hails Pickford, Lingard after win over Dutch

Date published: Friday 23rd March 2018 10:30

Gareth Southgate was pleased with England’s defensive performance as his side beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the Amsterdam Arena on Friday night.

Jesse Lingard scored on 59 minutes to give the Three Lions the win when his effort from the edge of the box found the back of the net.

“It was a good test for us, we came away from home and controlled the game,” Southgate told ITV Sport after the match.

“We used the ball really well for 60-65 minutes, maybe more quality in final third was required but we were very solid. We had some good play up to that final ball.”

On his defensive system, Southgate added: “The back three were excellent and the goalkeeper too, the way they were able to play from the back, they played with real composure, and played with intelligence too.

“It’s partly system and partly personnel, the defenders and goalkeeper are all capable of using the ball really well and we worked out the game tactically to keep the ball higher up. But there are more things we went to see in the Italy game and work on.

Jordan Pickford started in net after much discussion as to who should get the nod and the Everton goalkeeper impressed Southgate.

“He played excellent,” the England boss said. “We saw all the attributes he has, he was tidy with his feet and good with decision-making.”

Lingard scored the only goal of the match and Southgate continued: “I’m delighted for Jesse, he’s a player we’ve worked with for three or four years from the Under 21s and this year he is starting to finish the chances.”


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