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Rooney hails England for their ‘massive’ victory against Croatia

Mon 14 June 2021 | 9:23

The Three Lions’ all-time record goalscorer is impressed by the national team’s perfect start to the Euros.

England

won their first-ever European Championship opener in their clash against

Croatia

on Sunday.

Raheem Sterling

’s second-half strike was enough for the Three Lions to celebrate their first victory in this year’s tournament.

Gareth Southgate

's side, who play the group stage on home soil, are the favorites to qualify for the knockout stage ahead of their remaining matches against

Scotland

and the

Czech Republic

. The England legend

Wayne Rooney

believes the victory will help England to play their remaining group stage matches with confidence.

He told

Sky Sports

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"It was a good positive start, a solid professional performance. With the heat it was never going to be an end-to-end game, it was always going to be a game of moments.

"To win that was massive, Croatia are a good team and it will give the players a relief that they are comfortable in the group now. They'll be a bit more relaxed going into the game against Scotland and if they didn't win they could have been a bit anxious."

Asked about England’s chances to qualify for the knock-out stage, Rooney added:

"Scotland will be tough but after winning the game (against Croatia) I think England will comfortably go through to the next round.

"That's when I think it could get difficult for England - when you come up against a France, Portugal or Belgium - one of those top teams.

"There's a lot of quality in the squad, my only worry is a lack of experience - it's important Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson get fit because they will be vital moving forward. Quality-wise they have as much as anyone in the competition and they have a great chance."

England will continue the group stage with a match against their old rivals Scotland on Friday.


source: SportMob