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Gareth Southgate reflects on "bizarre" England performance

:Headline: Gareth Southgate reflects on 'bizarre' England performance:
The pulsating 5-3 win against Kosovo left Southgate with plenty to ponder.
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England's defensive mistakes gave Gareth Southgate food for thought on a night when his attackers' devastating play proved enough to see off Kosovo in a thrilling Euro 2020 qualifying clash.

The Three Lions boss was at pains to stress in the build-up that international football's new boys were not only far better than their place 120th in the world rankings but the toughest Group A test to date.

Yet while England's march towards Euro 2020 continued with a fourth win from as many qualifiers, the pulsating 5-3 win against Kosovo left Southgate with plenty to ponder.

"We have tried, we have played, we have also lost some unnecessary balls and we have paid immediately because the counters of England were very, very beautiful.

"Our idea was immediately to press England for surprise and, OK, we win this ball – or they give us the ball – it's 1-0. It's perfect for us.

"But after clearly England were very strong and played a very good half.

"Second half was good for us. If I do British humour, we have won 2-0 and who has won 2-0 against England in one half? Who is the last team?"

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