Southgate praises England’s ‘courage, character and composure’ after the hard-fought victory over Poland
Gareth Southgate praises England’s ‘courage, character and composure’ after hard-fought victory over Poland kept a perfect start to World Cup qualifying – as manager praises John Stones for bouncing back from a mistake to make Harry Maguire’s winner
Gareth Southgate praised England’s bravery as they fight back Wednesday night to secure a crucial Wembley victory over Poland.
Harry Maguire’s unstoppable shot provided a late win for the Three Lions while maintaining their 100 percent start for World Cup qualification.
But after taking the lead from Harry Kane’s penalty in the first half, England were stunned after Jukub Moder’s leveler in the second half.
Gareth Southgate praised England’s bravery after Wembley’s crucial victory over Poland
‘Absolutely, it was about character. We were in control in the first half and then to concede a goal like we did can hit the team.
But they stuck to it and regained their composure and got a major set-play winner.
‘We saw that we played a really good Polish side and after doing a lot of good things this week, we can see that there is still a step to go.
The English defender Harry Maguire scored the winning goal with five minutes to go
“ What I really liked was that we missed a lot of players and could have refreshed the team in the last two games and started to notice that slight fatigue, but the players stuck with it and deserved the win. ”
John Stones’ second half mistake gave Poland an equalizer, but the Manchester City star bravely set up his central defensive partner’s late winner.
And Southgate praised Stones for the way he recovered from his costly mistake, saying: ‘He managed to balance the rest of the game and had a share in the winning goal.
‘You can fold at those times and he didn’t. He has had a very good season. He made a mistake, he knows, but he bounced back during the game and has to keep doing that. ‘
English players ran to him to celebrate with John Stones after he set the winner
Stones had made a mistake for Poland’s equalizer when he was caught by Jakub Moder