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Southgate hails England’s ‘exciting’ attacking options

Gareth Southgate believes England’s attacking options are as ‘exciting’ as any line-up in world football.

England continued their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying with a 4-0 win over Bulgaria on Saturday, with captain Harry Kane hitting a hat-trick in a comprehensive win at Wembley.

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was also on the scoresheet, his fifth goal in three qualifiers so far, in an exciting attacking line-up that also included Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

Southgate has hailed his attacking options as amongst the best in international football, whilst also tipping teenagers Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi to push their established teammates for a starting place.

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“I think that they’re as exciting as anything, really,” Southgate said.

“I remember going to Spain and thinking ‘well, a really tough game, but actually you look at our front three and their front three on the night and I felt that we were strong’.

“And I’ve got to say, we’ve got Sancho and Hudson-Odoi who are going to push, and really push, so I think that it is exciting.

“You need to have players on the field to affect the games, but you need to have players that can come in and have an impact and I think we’re in a healthy position.”

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