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Gareth Southgate hails Jordan Obita's strike

23 May 2014

England U21 boss on Royals man

England under-21s boss Gareth Southgate praised Reading's Jordan Obita for his excellent opening goal in their 3-0 win over Qatar last night.

The Academy graduate got the Three Lions' campaign in the Toulon Tournament off to a flyer thanks to his 30th minute low strike.

"It was a great strike," Southgate told after the game. "We were getting to the stage where we were thinking at half time could we do something tactically different to get another man forward and we discussed getting the ball a bit wider and stretching them.

"But when you get a strike like that [Obita's goal], it re-adjusts your plans. He took it really well."

Brazil are next up for England in the Toulon Tournament on Monday night, live on BT Sport, and Southgate was delighted to get three points in their opening game.

"I’m pleased, as it was a job well done really because this was a potential banana skin," the Three Lions head coach added.

"We weren’t sure quite how Qatar would set up, but it was a familiar task really so we had to be patient enough to break them down.

"We scored three very good goals, but I was pleased that we didn’t panic and we kept our composure."

"It wasn’t an easy surface to move the ball quickly on as it was quite dry so the little one-twos and give and gos which we would usually try and manipulate around the box with, we weren’t able to do," he explained.

"But by getting the ball wide and stretching them, we were able to open them up."

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