Southgate: Gomez to ‘clear his head’ following injury, Sterling incident

Tanya Simon
November 18, 2019

Aston Villa defender Mings wins only his second England cap alongside Harry Maguire, while Declan Rice is deployed in midfield in another of Southgate's five changes from the side that thrashed Montenegro 7-0. "I think the truth that Raheem put out the tweet was real closure on that full incident".

"We had to withstand spells of pressure, gave them a few half-chances that on another night could be more of a problem, but in the end our counter-attacking was absolutely ruthless".

Southgate said any issues following Sterling's fracas with Joe Gomez had been forgotten and added: 'You work through any difficulties you might have and the group have done that really well. "I think we come out of this stronger than we started it, frankly". He really took the ball well tonight when we needed calming.

According to Opta Sports, his goal against Kosovo saw Kane equal the record for the most goals by an England player in a calendar year, matching the mark of 12 set by George Hilsdon in 1908 and Dixie Dean in 1927.

The Leicester City ace made his global debut on Thursday night in the 7-0 win over Montenegro, coming off the bench.

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England supervisor Gareth Southgate is about to ring the variations for this afternoon's closing Euro 2020 qualifier in opposition to Kosovo.

Substitute Mount then claimed his first England goal in stoppage time, cashing in on another defensive error and a neat pass from Kane.

"We had already won the group so the mentality was not easy to go again but I thought we managed it well", Kane said.

"When we play better teams we've got to make sure we're on it".

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