England manager Gareth Southgate was incredibly complimentary to the young stars in his side after their 3-0 win over Senegal in the World Cup Round of 16.
Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka played key roles in getting past the Three Lions after a slow start to the match, showing their formidable talents as the well-balanced England side booked their place in the quarter-finals.
Southgate has been careful in how he puts together his strongest squad England They lined up but weren’t afraid to take advantage of the young guns, who impressed again Sunday night.
“We’ve got some super young players that we feel it’s right to give them their heads and their chances – Judd (Billingham), Phil (Foden), Bucayo (Saka) tonight in particular ITV after winning.
“They are heading in a really good direction and these games are a great life experience for them,” added Southgate.
When asked if the trio were ahead of where he thought they would be in terms of their development, Southgate replied: “Well, I think the progress they’re making is amazing.
“I think the team made a very complicated game tonight look straightforward and that wasn’t the case. But I think it’s because of the mentality and attitude of (the team) that we made it look that way.”
Bellingham notched up his first assist of the game in an all-out display, while Foden became the second-youngest player behind R9 Ronaldo to score two assists in the same time. world Cup Knockout match since 1966.
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