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UK: England's Southgate praises Sterling after 4-0 win against Bulgaria

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septiembre 07, 2019 at 22:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

England manager Gareth Southgate praised his player Raheem Sterling at a post-game presser in London on Saturday. Sterling scored one of the four goals against Bulgaria during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers earlier in the evening.

"I thought he was outstanding. In the first half in particular where it was difficult to find space, we were a little slow moving the ball," said Southgate.

Southgate called the match against Bulgaria "challenging at times."

The Bulgarian team manager Krasimir Balakov said that the four goals scored against them were "our individual mistakes. So even though I think the result was fair, I was not happy with it as it was a matter of our mistakes."

England sit at the top of Group A with nine points, while Bulgaria lie in fourth position with only two points.

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England manager Gareth Southgate praised his player Raheem Sterling at a post-game presser in London on Saturday. Sterling scored one of the four goals against Bulgaria during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers earlier in the evening.

"I thought he was outstanding. In the first half in particular where it was difficult to find space, we were a little slow moving the ball," said Southgate.

Southgate called the match against Bulgaria "challenging at times."

The Bulgarian team manager Krasimir Balakov said that the four goals scored against them were "our individual mistakes. So even though I think the result was fair, I was not happy with it as it was a matter of our mistakes."

England sit at the top of Group A with nine points, while Bulgaria lie in fourth position with only two points.

W/S England team Manager Gareth Southgate arriving to presser, London

SOT, Gareth Southgate, England team Manager: "I thought he [Raheem Sterling] was outstanding. In the first half in particular where it was difficult to find space, we were a little slow moving the ball. I didn't think we had enough runs in behind but he was a constant threat throughout that period and his willingness to work without the ball to go and press and win the ball back for the first goal set absolutely the right tone for the team. He'll probably have the hump he's only got one today because his mindset has shifted so much towards that desire to score goals whereas two years ago when were working with him he was still a dangerous player but he just didn't have that same desire to get into those areas and that ruthlessness in front of goal or I guess the mindset of the disappointment when he doesn't score and I'm delighted for him because he has for such a long time been such an important part of our team and what we do. Now he's reaping the personal gain of the goals and also the acknowledgement publicly that he should get."

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SOT, Gareth Southgate, England team Manager: "I think today's game was challenging at times and we played against a system that I don't think we dealt with brilliantly without the ball. So that's something we've got to look back on as a coaching team. Every team plays differently when they come to play us, they are worried about the threat we have and they seem to adapt. I always felt we could cause problems on the day with the ball, but without the ball we were a bit loose and that wasn't what we would have hoped. In terms of the team for the summer, very difficult to say, because I think so many of our players are still a handful of caps. So many of them are improving rapidly. The great thing is we've got genuine competition for places, we've got clearly probably four or five guys who you would expect to see on the team sheet but outside of that very difficult to call in a lot of positions and the way that people progress this season and the way they adapt to international football will determine so much."

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W/S Southgate leaving presser

SOT, Krasimir Balakov, Bulgaria team Manager (Bulgarian): "Before the game, at the presser, I said that there is an enormous difference in the levels between the two teams, we were aware that England is an extremely good side and that's why we want to play compact football and to be as compact as possible. But the game, all the four goals, I believe were our individual mistakes. So even though I think the result was fair, I was not happy with it as it was a matter of our mistakes."

M/S Journalists during presser

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