There were international wins for James Ward-Prowse and Dušan Tadić on Thursday.
Tadić grabbed two assists and a goal in Serbia’s 3-0 win against Moldova, while Ward-Prowse helped England Under-21s seal their qualification for the UEFA Under-21 European Championship finals next summer.
Here’s what Tadić had to say about Serbia’s win:
“It is important that we played well. We were available to achieve a good score, but I think it’s a nice and convincing win.
“This is a victory for coach Slavoljuba Muslina (Serbia’s manager). We knew exactly who was doing what on the ground and what he was expecting.
“It doesn’t matter who has scored the goals, the team is in a good place, and so it must be.”
Discussing the first goal, in which Tadić provided the assist for Filip Kostic, the playmaker added:
“I saw a clear situation, and I wanted to pass the ball to Filip. Maybe he could even have scored twice, when I played him past the defence, but no-one can be angry, the points are the priority.”
On England Under-21s’ qualification, Ward-Prowse said:
“Knowing that we’re in the finals now, the preparation for that starts and we’ve booked our plane tickets, so we need to make sure we prepare right.
“That will start on Tuesday and we’ll do everything we can to perfect our way of playing.”
On the win in Kazakhstan:
“We knew from the last time we played them that it was going to be a very difficult game.
“It was hard to break them down, and there was the whole experience of coming here and having to adapt to the conditions and the atmosphere.
“I think the longer the game went on, the more it suited the hosts, but we took our chance and got the goal we needed.”