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Southgate: happy to have squad selection trouble

Thu 19 November 2020 | 12:00

England manager Gareth Southgate has claimed that he is happy with the difficulty of selecting his players for Euro 2020 due to their high level of preparation.

England defeated Iceland 4-0 last night in the continuation of the European League of Nations competitions. Declan Rice scored his first national goal, and then Mason Mount increased the difference to two goals. Then, Phil Foden, who assist the first goal, scored two goals.


The only England players in their 30s were Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker, and Southgate fielded four players - Foden, Mount, Rice and Bukayo Saka - all 21 or younger. This was the first time since November 1959 that the Three Lions had launched such a squad.

Foden became the youngest player in English history to score more than two goals in a game. He also became the youngest player after Marcus Rashford after September 2017 to score and assist in a single game.

However, Southgate is delighted that there will be big troubles selecting players for Euro 2020.

Southgate told Sky Sports: "I think over the last few days their talent has been outstanding. It was a very difficult game, all the players were hearing messages that this is meaningless and there was nothing to play for but they did play for it, there were big opportunities for young players but also for some older players.

"We're still trying to build and improve all the time. There was lovely football and it was good to watch and it was good for the young ones to get the goals – very special for them.

"The squad that we've had over the last three months is going to peak in the next three to five years and they'll get a lot more club experience and international experience. We'll invest the time in them. There are some very good senior professionals as well.

"We are still working on the balance of players for the system. Our attacking play was very, very good. If it's a headache about having good players in the side then that's a good one to have."

source: SportMob