Gareth Southgate praised his England side for claiming a 1-0 win over Croatia under pressure on Sunday afternoon.
England won 1-0 courtesy of a Raheem Sterling second-half goal to give their group stage campaign a winning start - the first time they have won their opening game at a European Championship in 10 attempts.
Speaking to BBC Sport after the match, Southgate said: "It's lovely to have given our fans and our country a really enjoyable afternoon. The players dealt with the big occasion really well. Right from the start, incredible heat, they played well and settled early in the game.
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"There were moments where the tempo dropped because of the heat but the majority of the game we were in control and didn't give Croatia many opportunities and we looked dangerous."
Southgate picked out goalscorer Sterling, as well as Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Philipps for his contribution.
"Kalvin Phillips is a player who is so understated. He has had a fantastic start to his international career. I thought he was immense throughout the game - as they all were - and I'm so pleased for Raheem.
"He was dangerous all game. His goalscoring record suggests we should have faith in him and I think he was motivated to show that.
"We are going to need all those attacking players through the tournament. We can make changes and we will need to. The key was to get pressure on Croatia's midfield players and we managed to do that.
“That limited some of the supply and the defenders dealt with the longer balls well and read the game well. It was a day when everybody who got onto the pitch performed well and that was set up by the whole group."
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