Southgate pleased with England Under-21 performance

Gareth Southgate admitted he was pleased with the performance of his England Under-21 side in their 1-1 draw with Finland, according to Sky Sports, with the newly-appointed manager praising the fortitude of his side to recover from going a goal down due to a goalkeeping error and losing Andre Wisdom to a red card with 16 minutes to play.

Finland opened the scoring with a long-range free kick that Jack Butland failed to keep out, but the Young Lions hit back in the second-half and held out for a point in the European Championship qualifier even after captain Wisdom was dismissed with a quarter of an hour still to play.

We said at the beginning of the week that we won’t go into every game and not make mistakes or not go behind, so it’s how we respond to those things that matters,” Southgate said after the final whistle. “We’ve got to keep doing the right things and we kept passing and probing. We kept doing that when we went down to 10 men as well, which was really pleasing.

England’s equaliser came through West Brom’s young striker Saido Berahino, who has scored in both of his appearances for the Under-21s, with Southgate also singling out Berahino’s strike partner, second-half substitute Harry Kane, for his contribution, and midfielders James Ward-Prowse and Tom Carroll.

The draw leaves England third in their group with four points. Finland top the table with eight points but have played twice as many matches as Southgate’s side.

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