SERBIA captain Dusan Tadic admitted he is "very proud" of his time at Southampton ahead of facing England this evening.

Tadic, 35, made 162 appearances for Saints between 2014 and 2018, helping them finish 7th during the 2014/14 Premier League season.

Speaking ahead of his country's EURO 2024 opener, the Fenerbache attacker explained that he still looks back on his four-year stint on the south coast with fondness.

He said: “My time in England was great. I really enjoyed it. We had a lot of great memories together.

“We achieved the best result in the history of Southampton (in the Premier League). I am very proud of that time.”

Tadic also explained why he believes quality managers, like Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta, have helped raise the standard of English players.

“I think England are a totally different national team from when I was playing in England to now. This is a new generation.

“Guardiola and Arteta have raised the quality so high. A lot of players have grown with these coaches.

“I think England now have different profiles of players. Before England had really good box-to-box players. Now they have really good creative players."

Gareth Southgate's England face Serbia in Gelsenkirchen at 8 PM.