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Neville praised Southgate, calling him England's great asset

Mon 14 June 2021 | 5:47

The Three Lions managed an essential victory against their powerful opponent yesterday.



defender Gary Neville has praised Gareth Southgate, calling him England's greatest asset.

Yesterday, England went against Croatia and managed to take the win the match 1-0. This was the first time Croatia had started their first match in a major tournament with a defeat. England's victory came as Southgate used a surprising squad in the game, with Kieran Tripper playing at left-back and Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell on the bench.

The Three Lions won with a single goal by Rahim Sterling, and now Neville praised the performance of Southgate and his team in this game.

"We can talk about Phillips or Sterling being our best player, but our biggest assets is our manager.

"The clamour in past years would have been to go for Grealish. But Southgate hasn't even brought him off the bench.

"He is willing to make the unpopular decisions and the decisions that some of us at times don't think he should make. But he knows that group better than anyone and he knows how to get a performance and a result better than anyone.

"He is vastly experienced and, as an England fan, l feel very comfortable with him. What he did today was really good."

Neville added on England's performance:

"I was shocked by the inclusion of Trippier at left-back. But l have to say, it wasn't in a doubting way because l don't doubt the manager. We have an outstanding international manager who has unbelievable experience.

"I don't think there is one person in our population of 65m who would have picked that team today.

source: SportMob