NATIONS - Southgate salutes "very good" England year

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NATIONS - Southgate salutes "very good" England year
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Gareth Southgate saluted England's application and mentality as their World Cup Qualification campaign concluded with a place at Qatar 2022 secured courtesy of a record-breaking win in San Marino as reported by Sky Sports.

England signed off from a year in which they reached their first European Championship final by booking their ticket to the 2022 World Cup in style, hitting double figures for the first time since 1964 as a 10-0 victory ensured Southgate's side finished top of Group I.

The England boss was keen to point out that qualification was the reward for an accomplished campaign which served up tougher trips than the one faced in San Marino, such as Hungary, Poland and Albania.

"The qualification was earned away in Budapest, Warsaw and Albania," Southgate told ITV after guiding England to a third international tournament under his watch.

"I have to credit all our players and staff for a very good year. We cannot do anything about the level of opposition but the mentality and the way they applied themselves was terrific."

Southgate continued: "We knew we'd win the game. What we wanted was to challenge the team to put a high level of performance in.

"We know the opposition isn't strong but the mentality within the group shone through again and when you've got senior players like Conor Coady, Tyrone Mings, Harry Maguire and Harry Kane, who set the tone, then it's something for the young players to feed off.