Southgate explains how England pair changed the game

Date published: Tuesday 19th June 2018 8:22

Gareth Southgate believes England have a stronger bench to cope with different in-game challenges.

England opened their World Cup campaign with a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Tunisia on Monday, from which you absolutely must read 16 Conclusions.

Harry Kane scored twice for the Three Lions, who laboured to three points in Volgograd.

The introductions of Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek as substitutes has been pinpointed as the key, and both were praised in our player ratings.

Southgate was equally enamoured with their efforts.

“We talked about this with the players at St George’s Park over the last few weeks before coming to Russia,” Southgate said. “The way we’ll change the game is by bringing on a different profile of players, who carry a different sort of threat.

“When you are attacking, you need some structure to your play. You can put attacking players on in various positions, but you can lose shape and be counterattacked.

“Against Tunisia we kept control and the composure, but the guys who came on had a different threat. The freshness of Marcus and Ruben brought energy and a different threat to the one we’d posed.

“They had a good impact on the game. That’s all you can do as a team. Keep working. We could have run out of time, but we would have been the dominant team.

“The best sides keep their belief in what they’re doing and break the opposition down in the end.”


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