Jack Grealish has taken an necessary “psychological” step by scoring his first objective for England, says boss Gareth Southgate.
Grealish got here off the bench to get the fifth objective in a 5-0 World Cup qualifying win over Andorra from keeper Sam Johnstone’s help.
The Manchester Metropolis midfielder was making his sixteenth look for England.
“The longer the variety of caps stack up and the objectives column stays clean, it could actually turn into a factor,” mentioned Southgate.
England have been already main 4-0 by way of objectives by Ben Chilwell, Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham and James Ward-Prowse when Grealish struck after 86 minutes.
He latched on to an extended throw by Johnstone earlier than creating area for himself and scoring to finish a optimistic evening for Southgate’s aspect.
Chilwell additionally scored his first Three Lions objective whereas Jadon Sancho supplied two assists and Phil Foden impressed in midfield.
The outcome leaves England 4 factors clear on the prime of Group I in World Cup qualifying with three video games remaining.
Talking about Grealish, Southgate added: “Typically he may be in the fitting areas just a little bit extra usually and ensure he isn’t exterior the field when balls are flashing throughout the face.
“It was a wonderful piece of fast considering from Sam Johnstone and when Jack is in these one in opposition to one conditions he’ll all the time be a risk.”
Southgate mentioned it was “necessary” Sancho made an impression after an detached begin to his Manchester United profession following his transfer from Borussia Dortmund in the summertime.
“Tonight we managed to get him into these extensive areas on the ball and he confirmed some fabulous bits of ability at instances,” added the England boss.
“It was necessary he obtained the assists.”
Southgate mentioned he needed to speak to his group at half-time to ensure they stored their cool in opposition to a bodily Andorra aspect.
There was a confrontation between numerous gamers on the finish of a primary half which noticed each side choose up two yellow playing cards.
The sport was overseen by Ukrainian referee Kateryna Mozul, who turned the primary lady to officiate a senior England males’s recreation, and exercised management all through in an sometimes spiky encounter.
“They’re a really tough group to referee as a result of they waste time from the beginning and a few instances they’re aggressive of their challenges,” mentioned Southgate.
“I requested the gamers at half-time ‘what’s the one manner we are able to come unstuck right here?’ and the gamers knew.
“It is a good train at instances to play on a yellow card for some time. But it surely was a kind of nights we did not wish to threat extra yellows.”