Zaha: Finishing must improve
Wilfried Zaha feels England’s Under-21s were comfortable winners over Moldova on Thursday, though the United star acknowledges the Three Lions could be more clinical in front of goal.
Zaha produced an impressive performance at the Madejski Stadium, where Saido Berahino’s 14th minute strike helped new Head Coach Gareth Southgate secure his first victory since taking over from Stuart Pearce in the summer.
And having dominated from start to finish, the 20-year-old is confident his side were deserving victors in the European Championship qualifying match. However, he acknowledges his teammates cannot afford to miss so many goal scoring chances when they face Finland on Monday.
“It was a good game really, we dominated it for most of the time and we just needed to take those chances,” Wilf told FATV . “But all in all, we played well.
“We need to go back and work on our finishing, because we could have finished it early-doors tonight. We let go of a couple of chances and that might cost us in another game.”
The match was Zaha’s first under Southgate, who has selected a much-changed squad of players from the one that travelled to this summer’s European Championship in Israel – and the Reds starlet was encouraged by his new international teammates.
“It was my first game with some of these players and we all play differently and just have to understand each other really. But for a first performance together, it was a good game for everyone.
“The squad has gelled together really well, we all get on well and when we get on the pitch we’re just on the same wavelength.”
Michael Keane was also in action for England and the Reds youngster should feel pleased about his performance, having minimised Moldova’s attacking threat to record a welcomed clean sheet.