Raheem Sterling’s fine form with Manchester City in the English Premier League just keeps on getting better as he his form has always gone on to do wonders for England and yesterday wasn’t a different day for the young forward.
England started off the day with a goal from Raheem Sterling before he went on to set up 3 assists where Sancho and Harry Kane were the beneficiaries of his unselfishness.
In an 8 goal thriller, England found themselves chasing the game just after 35 seconds into the game and it took Sterling a few minutes to equalize before they went on to score 4 other goals that saw the first half end 5-1
Kosovo returned in the second half and and scored 2 unanswered goals against the three Lions at St. Mary’s park down in Southampton. For Southgate and his technical bench, a lot of issues have to be addressed if they are going to challenge the best teams in Europe during the 2020 Euro championships.
England will only have their defending to blame for conceding all those goals as Michael Keane’s error led to the first goal that they conceded.
It was one of the quickest goals ever scored against England and for Keane the difficult truth was that it was not his first calamity in this qualifying programme. The same player had also been badly at fault when Montenegro opened the scoring against England in March and perhaps the best that could be said was that, then like now, he did at least partially make up for it.
Sterling scored just his 8th goal for the nation to level things up in the first half before turning provider for Jadon Sancho and Harry Kane. Sterling scored a hatrick of assists on the night while Harry Kane scored just one o the night.
Harry Maguire, the world’s most expensive defender had a night to forget as his blunder led to a goal. Overall, England’s defending left a lot to be desired on the night and England will have to do so much to get it right.
Author: Moses Echodu
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