The English tactician praised his side’s resolve after they came from behind to beat Croatia.

After guiding England for the UEFA Nations League Finals 2018-19, gaffer Gareth Southgate admitted that his young English side has surpassed his own expectations. They avenged their semi-final exit heartbreak after winning 2-1 against Croatia.

Southgate was proud with the squad’s development in the calendar year and lauded the players for keeping their nerves in check while defeating Croatia. Andrej Kramaric’s deflected goal at the cusp of an hour mark put England sliding down to League B. Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane rose up to the occasion to save the day for the team.

“I don’t think I could have envisaged all this,” Southgate said. “I’m hugely proud of all the players and staff. We’ve grown together. We’ve improved with every step. Today was another big occasion. Plenty of pressure but they coped with it really well. We played so well in the first half and had good chances. Then we had to show another side, the resilience to stay in it.”