England manager Gareth Southgate paid tribute to Southampton’s hospitality immediately after the 3 Lions rounded off the international break with a evening of outstanding entertainment at St Mary’s.
The Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo was the 1st time England have played a competitive fixture away from Wembley considering the fact that 2006, and their 1st time back at St Mary’s considering the fact that 2002.
Saints’ sold-out property was treated to a five-three blockbuster, but Southgate was keen to thank England’s hosts for extra than just the 90 minutes of action on the pitch.
“I believed it was brilliant – not only the knowledge we’ve had tonight, but also the access we’ve had to the coaching ground, which has been completely prime level,” he mentioned.
“The persons couldn’t have been friendlier or extra useful.
“We’ve had a brilliant knowledge and the atmosphere in the ground was completely prime – credit to the Kosovo fans as effectively, who added to that.
“I hope the persons have enjoyed getting England nearby, and becoming in a position to stroll down the road and see them has hopefully been a specific knowledge.
“We surely gave them a game to bear in mind. Who says international football’s dull?”