"The first half was a bit of a disaster and it left us in a bad position", he said.
Sterling's goals followed 27 scoreless caps, with the Manchester City forward doubling his overall tally for the national team with those first-half rewards.
England's game against Spain on Monday has been declared high risk, with a bigger security team drafted in to oversee the UEFA Nations League fixture at the Benito Villamarin than for a Seville derby. "We won't get carried away, we know there's lots to work on and we conceded two really poor goals, but I think it will give them huge belief". "There are players whom I liked and have not been in the first list".
"We had the team, we did not need a fight or three changes, just change some things and enter into positive dynamics". But you can't punish a player's honesty. His general game was good. It's a shame we didn't get the second goal earlier because I'm sure the supporters would have scored the third. He took up some really risky pockets of play and got turned and running at the defence.
"We've shown an energy this week, really good defensive organisation in our pressing, and belief and quality on the ball: the other night [in the goalless draw with Croatia] on a hard pitch, and tonight against a good opponent and the pressure of a vocal home crowd". We had to do more of our share, and being compact without the ball was critical.
Journalist Xavier Bosch claims that Alcacer would still not play at Barcelona despite his fine recent form, while deputy director Josep M. Artells analysed the players and why they did not connect as they should on the field, with Kane again the English focus with a "masterly" performance. England moved within two points of Spain's lead in Group 4 of the top-tier League A. Croatia is five points behind, but with a game in hand. It's a great challenge for us as a team.
"The variation of angles and styles to a mere three passes that traversed the length of the pitch made it all the more thrilling, before the glorious abandon of the finish".