England manager Gareth Southgate was left impressed by Southampton’s hospitality as his Three Lions side ran out 5-3 winners against Kosovo at St. Mary’s to round off a successful international break.
The sold out St Mary’s crowd saw England play a competitive fixture away from Wembley for the first time since 2006 and it was one to remember.
While the football was entertaining, if a tad chaotic, on the pitch. pleasing those watching from the stands, Southgate was equally happy with the experience offered to him and his England squad while in Southampton.
“I thought it was brilliant – not only the experience we’ve had tonight, but also the access we’ve had to the training ground, which has been absolutely top level,” he said. [H/T SFC]
“The people couldn’t have been friendlier or more helpful,” Southgate added. “We’ve had a brilliant experience and the atmosphere in the ground was absolutely top – credit to the Kosovo fans as well, who added to that.
“I hope the people have enjoyed having England nearby, and being able to walk down the road and see them has hopefully been a special experience.
“We certainly gave them a game to remember. Who says international football’s dull?”