“The last two years with my club has been terrific scoring goals and all I have wanted to do is do it on the international stage, not just score goals but score goals that will help my team to win football matches.”
Southgate labelled Sterling “unstoppable” as he not only scored, but set up Kane for England’s second and both of Sancho’s goals.
“Raheem’s two performances have been of the highest level, he’s been almost unstoppable,” said the England manager.
“His awareness of where defenders are to ride challenges, his vision and desire to get in on goal and unselfish play as well.
“I could not speak highly enough of the way he played.”
Sancho’s emergence means Southgate now has a dilemma most managers would dream of.
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford started in a 4-0 thrashing of Bulgaria on Saturday, but was relegated to the bench against Kosovo.
“It’s very hard to say that’s the first team when you’ve got four attacking players like we’ve played in the last two matches,” said Southgate when pushed on whether the Kane, Sterling, Sancho triumvirate are now undroppable.
“They are all going to have huge contributions, when they all have the ability to be devastating against any level of opposition.”