Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate looks back at some of his favourite goals from 2019

It’s been a good year for England in a goalscoring sense as the Three Lions thundered through their EURO 2020 qualifying campaign with 37 goals in their eight games. And as we look back at the year, Three Lions boss Gareth gave his thoughts on his favourite goals from the year.

Monday 30 Dec 2019
There's been no shortage of goals for Gareth Southgate to enjoy in 2019

There's been so many memorable goals. But from a team perspective, after all the work we do and when our principles of play come out in the goals, then that's really rewarding.

From a team aspect, certainly Ross Barkley's goal in Bulgaria where we switched play a couple of times and were patient in the build-up with over 20-25 passes – that was particularly rewarding.

The first goal in the qualifying campaign, when Harry dropped deep and played Jadon in behind the full back and square for Raheem - they're the sort of things we work on and from a team aspect, are absolutely brilliant when it comes off.


Then there are some good individual goals. Marcus Rashford’s in Bulgaria and in Kosovo, which was a brilliant counter attack with a lovely weight of pass from Raheem and a super first-time finish.

We've had some good quality finishes as well, there’s been three hat-tricks which is remarkable and we were close to a couple more when we took players off who were on a hat-trick. They gave me a bit of stick as the group progressed!

And then there was a first goal for a few players. Probably the one which brought the biggest smile to my face was Tammy, as you could see what it meant to him to get his first goal for the England senior team. I'm sure that will be the first of many as his record of scoring throughout our age groups has been phenomenal.

Tammy Abraham scored his first senior goal for England in 2019

For Tammy, for Mason Mount, for Harry Winks, they're goals that they'll look back on forever. Your first cap and your first goal are things that are so important to you as a player and to your family as well. We've had a few of those and hopefully we'll have a few more.

Another one which also sticks in my mind as a quality team goal but with additional meaning was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's against Montenegro. It was a super finish and a super move in the build up but also the significance for him after coming back from a long-term serious injury.

The Three Lions are back in action in 2020 when they host Italy and Denmark at Wembley in March. Make sure you’re there to see us in action as preparations for the summer’s UEFA EURO 2020 Finals kicks-off.

By Gareth Southgate England manager