Gareth Southgate says he gets a kick out of giving youngsters like Jadon Sancho “life-changing” opportunities to blossom.
England’s 5-3 win over Kosovo was Southgate’s 37th match in charge since taking the national team job in 2016.
His latest Three Lions’ side included starlets Jadon Sancho, 19, and Declan Rice, 20, plus Mason Mount, 20, who came off the bench.
Southgate, 49, who bossed England to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018, said: “I enjoy working with young people.
“I like the idea you can help them achieve the maximum in life or point them in the right direction.
“We have worked with so many of these young players when they were in the U21s.
“I have seen the likes of Mason Mount at U16 level with us, Jadon Sancho at U15.
“I have followed all their journeys and it is wonderful to see them blossoming and blooming and these special moments when they are getting their first cap or first goals – to see their life changing in front of them.
“That has been the same with some of the older ones too.
“Harry Maguire we called into the squad two years ago and his whole world – him, Jordan Pickford and Kieran Trippier – was different after the World Cup.
“It is lovely to give them that opportunity.”
Borussia Dortmund ace Sancho scored his first international goals with a brace against Kosovo.
But boss Southgate described himself as “livid” with sloppy defending in the win.
Southgate, speaking to BBC Sportsweek, assessed: “It was an extraordinary match.
“I have to balance the fact we had some devastating attacking play with we know we were punished for making errors.
“If we make them against even higher level opposition then we will be in trouble.
“You can be livid with the fact we have let three in.
“We are at a point as a team where we have to improve and set high standards.
“There has to be accountability for the errors as well.”
England return to action next month in further Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.