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Southgate in agreement with Souness over struggling Kane

England boss Gareth Southgate has surprisingly agreed with Graeme Souness over the struggles of star striker Harry Kane.

The Tottenham striker was ineffectual against Scotland on Friday night in the Three Lions’ second game of their Euro 2020 campaign.

Kane was ultimately hauled off by boss Southgate, making it the second successive game that the England manager has substituted his captain early.

The 27-year-old can have no arguments at being brought off, as he struggled to cause the Scottish defence any real problems.

He also failed to make a noticeable impact in England’s opening game of the tournament against Croatia.

Gareth Southgate has defended his decision to substitute Harry Kane

Souness blasted Kane for his continued struggles to make an impact at the tournament, questioning his enthusiasm to play.

“The centre-backs had an easy night against him. Harry Kane looks a shadow of the player we know he is,” he told ITV.

“In two games, as Roy said, he looks leggy, lacking enthusiasm, I know a centre-forward, really, is 90% reliant on the type of passes he’s getting and he’s not getting a great deal from that midfield.”

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“Harry doesn’t look himself, he looks shady and looks tired. This is a guy who’s hoping to get a big move this summer, he needs to wake himself up.

“He came off in the first game, is he carrying something? Because he looks a shadow of himself.”

Souness also played down England’s hopes of winning the tournament if Kane continues to struggle to make an impact.

“He’s England’s one player who has proven at this level to get goals on a regular basis and if that’s not happening in this competition – you’re not going very far,” he added.

“Without Harry Kane – football isn’t coming home with that team, I can tell you, not the way they’re playing.”

England chief Southgate agreed with the ITV pundit and defended his decision to replace Kane with Marcus Rashford.

He hinted that Kane’s decision to drop deeper and move himself out wide to get on the ball was the main reason behind the switch.

“We needed more runs in behind, I felt Marcus Rashford would give us that energy, at that point we had got to try,” he told ITV.

“We have to make these decisions based on what we see. I think it was a frustrating night, we know we can play better. Got to give Scotland credit they defended valiantly and played well.

“We didn’t do enough to win the game but after that the thing we have to worry about in tournament football after that is we had to make sure we didn’t lose it.

“We know it’s a disappointment for our supporters, but we have to dust ourselves down and move on.”

The England boss also called on his players to look in the mirror ahead of their final group stage against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

“The whole team can look at ourselves, that starts with me, we’ve got to be better,” he said.

“We didn’t do enough to win the game tonight, not enough attempts on goal, we have to go away and look at that.”



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