ENGLAND boss Gareth Southgate has paid tribute to Saints after hosting the national side’s 5-3 win over Kosovo on Tuesday.

It was just the second time in 17 years that the Three Lions have played a game at St Mary’s Stadium, with the 2-2 draw against Macedonia taking place in 2002.

And after England took full advantage of the facilities made available to them by Saints, Southgate was quick to thank the club for their hospitality.

The England manager said: “I thought it was brilliant – not only the experience we’ve had, but also the access we’ve had to the training ground, which has been absolutely top level.

“The people couldn’t have been friendlier or more helpful.

“We’ve had a brilliant experience and the atmosphere in the ground was absolutely top – credit to the Kosovo fans as well, who added to that.

“I hope the people have enjoyed having England nearby, and being able to walk down the road and see them has hopefully been a special experience.

“We certainly gave them a game to remember. Who says international football’s dull?”
Kosovo took an early lead after just 34 seconds before Raheem Sterling equalised in the eighth minute.

Harry Kane then gave Southgate’s side the lead, which was extended when Mergim Vojvoda turned the ball into his own net.

Jadon Sancho then netted a brace on the verge of half-time. Kosovo scored twice after the interval, with Kane also missing a penalty.