Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate delighted to get the job done against San Marino
San Marino 0–4 England
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Qualifying Group One
7.30pm, Thursday 10 October 2013
Olympic Stadium, San Marino
By Nicholas Veevers in San Marino
Gareth Southgate reflected on a professional job well done in San Marino on Thursday night, after seeing his side pick up a 4-0 win
A hat-trick for Harry Kane on his full debut and an early opener from Michael Keane proved the difference between the sides, with the Three Lions coming up against a nine-man wall at times.
But with the situation in these games meaning nothing less than three points is acceptable, the Head Coach was pleased with the way his players executed the game plan.
Southgate told TheFA.com: “I’ve played in games like this before and all you can do is win the game, get in the shower and go home with the job done.
“You won’t get credit for it and nobody will remember it but it could have been a banana skin if our approach hadn’t been right.
“From the start, I thought our attitude was excellent and we could have won by more, but we could have also lost our discipline and had people yellow-carded or sent off, so I was pleased with that aspect of it.
“There are little details we felt we could have done better on such as getting the ball wider to exploit the space that was there and we were offside too many times so we just had to make sure it was a concentration game for our defenders.
“But there were some good quality moments and there were a couple of really good saves from the goalkeeper, so we created plenty but we’re having to work really hard for our goals at the moment.”
One player who didn’t have any problems with goals was Spurs striker Kane, who got his first from the penalty spot before too well-taken finishes after the break to open his account for the Under-21s.
Southgate added: “I’m pleased for him because no matter what the level or who the opposition is, a hat-trick in international football is something to remember so it was a really pleasing night for him.
“But the job’s done here and all our focus goes onto Lithuania now.
“The game on Tuesday and the game after that with Finland will determine the group so we’ve got to make sure we continue to crank it up and keep improving with each performance.”