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England boss Gareth Southgate explains Harry Kane substitution after dire Scotland draw

England boss Gareth Southgate has reacted to his side’s goalless draw with Scotland at Euro 2020. The Three Lions went into the match at Wembley looking to make it two victories from two after edging out Croatia last time out. But that didn’t happen, with the hosts forced to settle for a draw instead.

England won 1-0 against Croatia on Sunday, with Raheem Sterling scoring the only goal of the game to give them all three points.

But they failed to build on it against Scotland, instead being forced to settle for a point at Wembley.

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England hit the woodwork through John Stones but, despite the late introductions of Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish, failed to break Scotland down.

The visitors could have snatched victory themselves if it hadn’t been for Jordan Pickford, who made a sensational stop in the first half to keep the scores level.

And Southgate has now spoken out after the game, admitting England must improve if they’re to win the European Championships for the first time in their history.

“I think it was a frustrating night, we know we can play better,” he said.

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“Got to give Scotland credit they defended valiantly and played well.

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“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.”

On substituting Harry Kane in the closing stages, Southgate then added: “We needed more runs in behind, I felt Marcus Rashford would give us that energy, at that point we had got to try and get the win.

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“We have to make these decisions based on what we see.

“The whole team can look at ourselves, that starts with me, we’ve got to be better. 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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Kane misfired throughout the game and, speaking afterwards, admitted England weren’t at their best.

“Fair result, fair play to Scotland they defended well,” he said.

“It wasn’t our best performance, but it’s another point closer to qualification and that’s our ultimate goal. We just have to recover and look forward to next game in a few days.”

On being substituted, he then added: “It’s part of the game, the manager felt that was the right decision so you just have to take it.

“It is what it is.

“It was a tough game – Scotland defended really well, made good blocks at the right times when we know no game is going to be easy it’s a European Championship and Scotland are playing for their lives.

“We’ve got another big game in a few days against the Czechs, we want to finish sharp – it’s a point, not what we wanted but it’s one step closer to qualifying.

“One step at a time and we go again.”

Scotland boss Steve Clarke, meanwhile, was delighted with his side’s showing.

“Good night, we played well,” he said.

“We were unfairly criticised after the game on Monday I know I have a good group of players and they showed that tonight, delighted for my players and staff.

“We had chances to win, England had moments as well, looking at this you wouldn’t have known which is the favourite which is a credit to us. The most pleasing thing was we played when we had the ball and created a number of chances.”

Former Chelsea star Pat Nevin hailed the result as a ‘massive point’ for Scotland, who remain in the mix to qualify for the knockout stages.

“Am I allowed to say I’m incredibly proud of those players out there?” he told BBC Sport.

“They were absolutely phenomenal from start to finish.

“The bravery out there, standing up to a lot of world class players but they did not look fazed at any point.

“You can learn a lot from what’s going on in the stands. The England fans are leaving quietly while the Scotland fans are dancing, they are singing and they are roaring the players on. It is a brilliant moment for them.

“It’s only a point – but it’s a massive point. Scotland wanted to come here and be competitive. You can’t argue after that that they are anything other than competitive at this level.”

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