England thrash Kosovo


Gareth Southgate believes England still have room for improvement despite the "ruthless" 4-0 rout of Kosovo on Sunday that ensured they will be among the top six seeds at Euro 2020, reports AFP.

Southgate's side booked their Euro 2020 berth by thrashing Montenegro 7-0 on Thursday and they finished a dominant qualifying campaign by dispatching Kosovo in Pristina thanks to goals from Harry Win­ks, Harry Kane, Marcus Rash

ford and Mason Mount.

Although Eng­land weren't at their best, it was a rewarding finale for the Group A winners, who clinched the high seeding that should help them avoid a tough group in the finals.

Winks' maiden England goal, in his sixth appearance, was the key moment before second-half strikes from Kane and Rashford and Mount's first international goal.

With all three of their Euro 2020 group games and the semi-finals and final being played at home for England, the 2018 World Cup semi-finalists will go into the November 30 draw as one of the main contenders for the trophy.

But, while he was happy with their attacking play, Southgate insisted his team must sharpen up at the back.

"It was a tight game and a good test for us. It was a difficult pitch, with players slipping and passes going astray," Southgate said.

"We gave them chances. On another night that would be a problem. The set-plays in particular are something we have to look at. There have been too many people free in the box.

"We know there is still a bit of work to do but I can't fault the players in this campaign, they've been ruthless. We're more settled with the  group now."