Published: 22:11 | 14/11/19

Southgate praises England's "clinical finishing"

England manager Gareth Southgate hailed his side's "clinical finishing" after Thursday's 7-0 Euro 2020 qualifier victory over Montenegro at Wembley.

England secured qualification for next summer's finals as Group A winners with the victory, with skipper Harry Kane netting a first-half hat-trick to move above Alan Shearer into fifth place in the national team's all-time list of scorers.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring on his first start for 18 months and Marcus Rashford also netted as England went into the half-time break 5-0 up.

Aleksandar Sofranac put through his own net for England's sixth midway through the second half, and substitute Tammy Abraham made it seven on 84 minutes with his first international goal. 

"It was super quality passing and crossing, and clinical finishing," Southgate told ITV1.

"In the past we have maybe struggled against lower ranked teams who defend in numbers, but we have players who can open those teams up and a style of play that can do that. We have qualified top and done it clinically.

"We have to get both ends of the pitch right. We conceded a couple of chances we shouldn't. There is still work to do without the ball but we are improving."

Kane, who has now scored 31 goals for his country, was delighted to surpass Shearer, as well as Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney, in the all-time scoring charts.

"We all know how impressive Shearer was at scoring goals," the England captain told ITV 1.

"A milestone to hit and hopefully a few more to come.

"We have had one slip up in the group and responded really well. We got the job done and wanted to put on a show in our 1,000th game and with five goals in the first half I think we did that."

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