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Jose Mourinho has given his reaction to England's opening Euro 2020 game win over Croatia on Sunday.
Raheem Sterling's 57th-minute strike separated the sides at a scorching Wembley.
It was the Three Lions' first-ever victory in a European Championships opener, having infamously drawn their first match in 1996 as hosts at Wembley.
This time, though, Gareth Southgate and co got the job done, and secured three points to give them an early lead at the top of Group D.
Before taking charge of Roma next season, Mourinho is on punditry duty for the tournament and had previously tipped England as one of the favourites based on their array of quality.
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His prediction was only affirmed by the game, with the Portuguese telling TalkSPORT post-match: "The result is more than deserved.
"Everything was under control and that means a lot, especially for the first game, where people have a tendency to look to the previous results in Euros and World Cups.
"I think it was very positive," said Mourinho.
"Look at that squad and look at the work they have done for many years. [Jude] Bellingham, [Kalvin] Phillips have arrived recently but the others have years of national team [experience].
"They feel comfortable, they have more than a team, they have a group."
Sterling scored his first goal at a major tournament to give England three points
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Pundits and supporters alike praised the Three Lions' control of the game – having been beaten by Croatia in the World Cup semi-final of 2018 – and Mourinho agreed, outlining why his confidence in Southgate's side has been boosted.
"They know what they are doing and you could even feel after 1-0 the way England played they were not emotional, they were not driven by let’s do a show here at Wembley," he stated.
"They were pragmatic, they were objective, keeping complete control of the situation.
"I was positive before the competition started and after this victory, I am even more confident about the team."
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The aforementioned Phillips was a standout performer, running the game in the middle of the park against the likes of Real Madrid lynchpin Luka Modric and Chelsea's Matteo Kovacic.
The three-time Premier League-winning manager praised the Leeds midfielder, saying: “He is a player that arrived last season from the Championship and he played the whole season in the most intense and difficult league in the world.
"He showed amazing personality.
Mourinho continued: “Of course Rice was stable like he always is, but Phillips was more than stable.
"He showed that not just with the goal but also in the way he was pressing high, he was in a position side to side with Declan Rice but every time [Luka] Modric or [Matteo] Kovacic were dropping, trying to go away from them, he was not afraid of pushing up and trying to press higher," explained the tactician.
"He was very, very good.
"When you see one of these young guys appearing on the big stages and perform the way he did, it is fantastic.”
England are next in action on Friday as they host Scotland at Wembley.
The Tartan Army begin their Euros campaign on Monday against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park.
They last faced the Three Lions at a major tournament in '96, losing 2-0 courtesy of goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Gascoigne at the old Wembley.