Southgate explains Harry Kane substitution against Scotland
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Southgate explains Harry Kane substitution against Scotland

England boss Gareth Southgate has explained why he subbed Harry Kane in their 0-0 draw with Scotland on Friday. 

Kane struggled to make an impact, making only 19 touches in the game, the fewest the Tottenham man has made in an international fixture. The England international was brought off in the 75th minute with Marcus Rashford taking his place. 

Southgate says Kane's substitution was a tactical one as his side needed 'more energy'. 

"I felt we needed a few more runs in behind and Marcus would give us that energy," Southgate explained. 

"We have to base these decisions on what we see. We’ve got to be better and that starts with me. We didn’t have enough attempts at goal and need to look at that over the next few days."

"And that’s right across the board. So it’s not just about one person."

"It was really difficult to find space tonight. Scotland defended really well and we weren’t able to open them up. I think I know exactly where this team is – it’s a very young team and some of them won’t have experienced a night with that intensity and pressure. They will have learned from that."

England will now face Czech Republic in their third match of Group D, Euro 2020 campaign. 

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