Jack Grealish and Gareth Southgate pleased with aspects of England's win at Wembley

Thursday 12 Nov 2020
England's Jack Grealish was again in impressive form for the Three Lions
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England kicked-off their November games with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Republic of Ireland at Wembley on Thursday evening.

First-half goals from captain Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho set the Three Lions on their way before an emphatic penalty from Dominic Calvert-Lewin early in the second half completed the scoring.

After the match, England boss Gareth Southgate admitted he was happy with the way his team handled the game as the squad begin a busy few days.

"We had a lot of young, inexperienced players and we used the ball very well and created a lot of chances. It could’ve been more comfortable if we’d taken more of those chances, but overall, I’m very pleased," he said.

"We were a bit slow at the start but that’s understandable, this isn’t a team that’s had a lot of time to work together. The longer they went on some of the interplay was very good, especially down the left. 

"Jadon [Sancho] and Jack [Grealish] had the freedom to go on either side of the pitch and try to create overloads. I thought at times both of them did that really well, and as soon as they turn and are running at people, they’re a real problem for the opponent. 

Jadon Sancho slots home England's second goal of the night, after being set up by Jack Grealish

"We’ve got great competition for places, you saw Mason [Mount] and Jack [Grealish] in two different roles today – they can both play in a few different roles.

"I was pleased with the way we moved the ball and I thought Harry Winks did a good job for us in midfield, and Bukayo [Saka] on the left looked a lot more confident than in his first game."

And Grealish, again impressive in what was only his second start for England by setting up Sancho's goal, believes it was a timely victory ahead of games with Belgium and Iceland.

"I enjoyed that one. It was good to get my second England start, I thought we controlled the game well and it’s always nice to get the win," he said.

"I’ve been trying to score and assist more this season. I got the assist for Jadon’s goal which I’m happy about, but I know in myself I could’ve scored a couple and I could’ve probably assisted more.

"Coming here and training with these guys day in, day out for two weeks just steps up everything about your game.

"You learn a lot just by being around the likes of Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling day-to-day and watching how they train. I’ve tried to take as much as I can off them and I think it’s helped me.

"I want to play as much as possible. All I can do is try to impress the manager as much as I can. Since I’ve come here, he’s been brilliant with me, on and off the pitch. He’s told me what he wants me to do, so fingers crossed I can do that."

England will now turn their attentions to Sunday's game with Belgium, before they're back at Wembley next Wednesday to play Iceland in their final Nations League group game.

By FA Staff