England v Panama: Group G - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Southgate happy with ‘ruthless’ England


England recently secured their spot in the last 16 of the World Cup as they thrashed Panama 6-1, where captain Harry Kane bagged a hattrick.

Gareth Southgate, England’s manager, shared his view of what happened and claimed he was more than happy with the ruthless football his team played in the first half.

Harry Kane took the ball home as he was able to score a hattrick, John Stones scored twice from set-pieces and Lingard also managed to net.

“I’m really pleased of course with the way we were ruthless for half an hour or so. It was a different type of win to the other day,” Southgate claimed, according to STV.

“Then we had to go right to the wire and show qualities that are going to be really importance to our resilience and sticking to our principles of play.”

“It’s strange because I enjoyed the win against Tunisia more because of the tension in it and the fact you get over the line when you’re under pressure is very, very special,” the England manager went on to add.

“For me, just before half time the game was done today, so it was a very strange feeling watching the second half just trying to encourage the players to remain professional in the way that they played and be a top team by being ruthless.”