Great Britain

Man Utd legend Roy Keane ‘impressed’ by England’s 1-0 win over Croatia in Euro 2020 opener at Wembley

ROY KEANE revealed he was 'impressed' by England after their convincing 1-0 win over Croatia in their Euro 2020 curtain-raiser.

Gareth Southgate orchestrated the Three Lions' first-ever win in a European Championship opener thanks to a second-half strike from Raheem Sterling.

While England only won 1-0 against a stubborn Croatia, they were comfortably the stronger of the teams.

And former Manchester United legend Keane reckons the way Southgate's squad controlled the game puts them in good stead for the rest of the tournament.

Speaking on ITV, Keane said: "The way they managed the game impressed me as much as anything.

"Their decision-making during the game in terms of possession and stretching their opponents.

"Then when they got a goal in front, they never looked like giving up the lead.

"It was a great sign for England going forward."

England boast the second-youngest squad at this summer's Euros.

But despite that, Keane reckons the likes of Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham will continue to bely their years thanks to their wealth of experience playing at the highest level for their clubs.


Keane continued: "They have a lot of young players in that team, but they have a lot of football under their belts at the highest level and that is the same for their manager.

"Gareth is experienced, he knows international football, and his team reflected that."

Keane's former Old Trafford pal Gary Neville was also full of praise for the Three Lions as he claimed boss Southgate was their 'biggest asset' in this tournament.

Neville added: "I think we’ve got an outstanding international manager who's got unbelievable experience.

"I thought he managed that game unbelievably today.

"You talk about who the best player was, it might be Kalvin Phillips or Raheem Sterling but our biggest asset is our manager.

"The clamour in the past would have been for Grealish and he didn’t even bring him off the bench."

Neville added: "So, he's willing to make the unpopular decisions, ones that some of us ultimately - at times - don't think he should make because he knows that group better than anyone.

"He's had seven or eight tournaments now, as a coach now, with the Under-21s, as a player.

"He's vastly experienced and I feel really comfortable with him there - as an England fan.

"What he did [against Croatia] was really good."

Read our Football live blog for the very latest news from around the grounds

Gareth Southgate reacts to England's victory against Croatia in their Euro 2020 opener

Football news:

Tottenham will offer 50 million euros to Atalanta for Romero
Gallery of new forms of top clubs: Barcelona defends women's rights with purple, Chelsea connects op-art, Manchester United returned to the 1960s
Varane will sign a contract with Manchester United next week
Jose Mourinho: I can name at least 30 favorite dishes of Italian cuisine. I like picata and ravioli with tomato sauce
Trent has become one of the highest paid Liverpool players along with van Dijk, Salah, Mane and Firmino
Trent Alexander-Arnold: Liverpool are aiming for trophies. We want to win as much as possible this season
Gabriel Martinelli: I think Arsenal is one of the best teams in the world. A lot turned out at the end of last season