Gareth Southgate believes England are stronger than before their epic World Cup adventure

Three Lions win 4-0 in Kosovo and now among the favourites for Euro 2020

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Gareth Southgate believes England are in a better place heading into next summer's Euros than they were before their epic World Cup semi-final journey.

England secured their place among the six top seeds for the Euro 2020 draw by triumphing 4-0 in Kosovo, where Harry Winks and Mason Mount scored their first international goals between strikes from Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford.

Their latest emphatic group win took their overall tally for 2019 to 38 goals - a haul only bettered by the 39 scored in 1908 - as captain Kane became the country's first player to net in every qualification match.

Southgate's side have averaged 3.8 goals per game and are among the favourites for Euro 2020 on the back of runs to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and this year's Nations League.

"I would say that we're definitely further ahead than we were heading into Russia," said Southgate. "But we made massive strides in this period when we went into Russia.

"So, we've got to make sure that to get the level of performance next summer, we're going to have to improve in the way that we did over that spell as well. And I think the team have belief, for sure, you can see the confidence.

"They don't come into these matches worrying about what might go wrong, they've got the confidence to control games with possession, and they know they're going to score goals.

"So, yes, what we don't know, because we haven't had those tests more recently against the top eight or 10, is exactly how we're going to cope in those moments.

"And to win the European Championship is, at the moment, no easier than the World Cup.

"The final four were all European, and you've got to add Spain, Germany, Portugal and all the others into that, so it's a really high-level tournament."

England certainly have the attacking ability to hurt any team at next summer's finals, where Southgate's side will play all of their group games at Wembley before hoping to return there for the semis and final.

Issues like set-piece frailties and their uneven midfield dynamic need to be worked on before then given Sunday's display in Kosovo, where the scoreline flattered the visitors.

Kane, Rashford and Mount's goals all came in the last 12 minutes at Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri, where the hosts gave England a touching welcome.

"It was a difficult game," Southgate said. "It was an amazing reception from everybody from Kosovo which was, obviously, a special night for them and it was a privilege to be part of it so we thank them for that.

"I think similar to some of the games we've had where the teams have pressed us high - at first, it was not easy to play through their pressure but I thought (Harry) Maguire and Winks, in particular, gave us a real calmness on the ball to solve that problem.

"Not an easy pitch, a lot of the guys were slipping around. To have control of the game that we did was good and then as the game went on, a bit more space started to open up and then our counter-attacking and forward play came into its own.

"I thought it was a really good test for us, we needed that. I was keen to see how we would cope with it because we need those sorts of games.

"It was a good test for the young players and the new players coming in, as well as some of the more experienced ones."

After the game, Kosovo boss Bernard Challandes said he considered England favourites for Euro 2020 following this latest goalfest. "I cannot say we have had no discipline," he said.

"Okay, at the end of the game we have made mistakes and we can't make such mistakes against an opponent as England.

"But it was also perhaps a little because some players were very, very tired at the end and as a side, we must say that England are so good. So good and the efficiency. We have paid."

Raheem Sterling returned to the side as England visited Pristina for the first time. The Manchester City forward had been suspended from the game against Montenegro after an altercation with Liverpool's Joe Gomez.

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope made his first England start, while Tyrone Mings, Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi also came in.

Harry Winks showed great composure to control a pass from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and tuck away his chance to put the visitors ahead.

England added to their lead as Kane made sure he scored in all eight Group A qualifiers, tucking away a chance as Sterling picked out his captain.

Rashford slotted home a third with seven minutes remaining  and Mount who wrapped up the game by adding the fourth in stoppage time.

Winks was delighted with his first international goal. He said: "Honestly it is a dream come true to score for my country. It's one I never thought would happen but to score, and the way we were playing as well, was a great moment for me."

England captain Kane felt it was a professional performance. "It was a difficult game, difficult pitch. They were up for it. We had already won the group so the mentality is not always easy to go again but we got it right."