Harry Kane rested by Gareth Southgate as England manager rings changes

Harry Kane rested by Gareth Southgate as England manager rings changes

He then replaced Julen Lopetegui as full-time coach of the national team shortly after Spain, under interim coach Fernando Hierro, were eliminated in the second round of the World Cup by hosts Russian Federation.

While England had an impressive summer campaign at the World Cup, defying all expectations to reach the semi-finals over in Russian Federation, they did so with a relatively young and inexperienced side.

Gareth Southgate gave a start to Marcus Rashford, a player now struggling to make his mark with Manchester United this season.

The decision to award a free-kick for an apparent foul by Welbeck was wrong because David de Gea lost the ball without the England striker making contact with him.

"So now the ref's given a foul. Some of them are on the back of having a heavy summer so we don't need them to play so much", the former England defender added. "There were stages when they had the ball and it was hard for us, but we had a good spell throughout the game as well". England's players are some of the best in the world, of course, but when it comes to such precision, it was clear they are still some way off.

"He may have mistakes like everybody else, but we have one of the best in the world".

"We need to asses over the weekend, but I think it's likely we'll need to call some players in", Southgate said.

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"I think at the moment we have to stick with the plan, stick with what we're doing and just get better at doing it".

"For me, I'm under contract, I'm enjoying the role, I love the challenge of it and that's it really". "There's obviously some older ones who have good goalscoring records at club level but I'm not sure that's necessarily the route we want to go down".

"A certain part of the press has tried to divide us because we are two people with a lot of character".

The Three Lions also suffered a blow after left-back Luke Shaw was stretchered off with a head injury, but he was later said to be "awake and alert".

"I am especially happy about De Gea's performance", said Enrique.

It's not the typical match-up you would expect to be highlighted ahead of an England game, especially with the Premier League stars that will be gracing the pitch, but the battle of the full backs might well decide the outcome of the match.

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