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11.09.2019 20:16

Gareth Southgate keen for England to learn from Kosovo test

England manager Gareth Southgate believes his young team will learn from the mistakes they made in a 5-3 win over Kosovo.

The Three Lions went 1-0 down after a terrible mistake by Michael Keane, before Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Harry Kane combined to put England 5-1 up at half-time.

Kosovo though scored two more goals, punishing dreadful second half errors from Declan Rice and Harry Maguire.

Southgate said: “I don't think errors are inevitable because even for a young side we shouldn't have been making the mistakes that we made.

“But it's not a bad thing for them to go through, to experience that.

“We've had a lot of qualifying games that have been a breeze and against Kosovo they've had a different sort of test.

“And the only way for them to mature and learn and improve is to go through those sorts of situations.

“I mean, you would still feel a two-goal lead... from the side, we're thinking we're still in control of the game, but on the pitch that can feel a little bit differently.

“They've got to feel that and have to respond to that. We've learned a lot from individual and collective responses to those moments on Tuesday night,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA