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Gareth Southgate insisted England are not scared of Europe’s heavyweights after securing a last 16 tie at Wembley.

Raheem Sterling was match winner again as England topped Group D and are now set to face the likes of Germany, France or Portugal next Tuesday.

But England boss Southgate says there is more to come from his squad and they are building up momentum for the rest of the tournament and home advantage in the next round could give them a huge edge.

Southgate said: “It will be a difficult game up next because we could play world champions, European champions or a Germany song who look back on song. But we’ve known that we could face that opposition for 18 months.

Southgate led England to three clean sheets and top spot in Group D
(Image: Reuters)

“We are still improving, there’s more to come from us and we will need squad depth because the players have looked tired through games but we have that.

“We said to the players before the game that the pressure was off, we had qualified but there was still something to achieve by winning the Group which was always our target.

“First or second, there was no way of knowing what is the better route and there’s no way of knowing who we will face next but you have to take control of what you can achieve and we wanted to stay at Wembley.

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“Wembley can be important for us, it looks as if we might have more fans in and that can really help us.”

Southgate also paid tribute to Bukayo Saka who was voted man of the match and he was the surprise call after they lost Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell.

“We’ve been super impressed with Bukayo during the whole month and he was excellent up at Middlesbrough and we have really liked him with and without the ball,” said Southgate. “Tonight, his receiving of the ball under pressure was fantastic.”

Match winner Sterling also insisted that England’s three clean sheets is a magic ingredient and they are ready to face the best.

Sterling said: “If you don't concede goals you win football matches. You just need to score at the other end. People were disappointed in the Scotland game a few days ago but we didn't concede.

“The most important thing was to win the group. It is tournament football and it will be difficult but we need to do what we are doing. At some point you have to face the best teams. It is about challenging yourselves.”