Gareth Southgate praised ruthless England as they dispatched of Republic of Ireland – but will be without Conor Coady for Sunday’s crucial clash in Belgium following a Covid scare.
In a further blow Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford will also be unavailable for the clash in Leuven after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.
Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the goals as Gareth Southgate’s men strolled to victory at Wembley.
But their victory was tempered as it emerged that Coady will miss Sunday’s crucial Nations League clash against world No 1 side Belgium after being contacted by the NHS’ Test and Trace alert service to inform he had inadvertently come into contact with somebody who had tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the training camp.
The Wolves defender has returned two negative tests as part of the FA and UEFA’s protocol but, in line with UK Government guidelines, must self-isolate.
Coady and Rashford – who will also miss next week’s clash against Iceland – were both set to start against Roberto Martinez’s side.
‘It’s disappointing to lose both. Conor’s is just this bizarre world we live in today,’ said Southgate, who said he is unlikely to name any replacements.
‘It’s a great disappointment for him, he has made such big impact and he has loved it with us.’
On the performance, Southgate said: ‘I was really pleased with the way the boys played, a lot of young players, a lot of inexperience but we used the ball well and created chances.
‘We could have been more comfortable but overall really pleased.
‘We were a bit slow at the start but that is understandable, it is not a team with a lot of time to work together so the longer they went on the interplay was very good especially down the left side with Bukayo [Saka] and Jack [Grealish] and then Mason [Mount]. I was very pleased.’
On the prospect of playing Scotland at the Euros, Southgate added: That will give everybody something to look forward to, let’s hope it’s with full crowds.’
What do you think about this song?
We want to hear from you all.Drop your comments