Gareth Southgate revealed that Harry Kane will start their last group game against the Czech Republic at Euro 2020. After a brilliant season in the Premier League, the England captain has failed to register a shot on target in the first two games. Kane was subbed off in both the first two group games. Three years ago at the 2018 World Cup, Kane won the golden boot.
Kane has begun to drop deeper to get more involved over the past season. It worked a treat for Tottenham with Kane picking up the Golden boot. He also had the most number of assists in the Premier League. This change in style has seen his goals dry up at the international level.
“You can assume that, yes, absolutely,” Gareth Southgate said when asked if Harry Kane would start the next game. “He is fundamental not only to the goals he scores but the build-up play and everything else he brings.”
“I know there will be a lot of questions being asked about him at the moment but he has been through that 100 times before and I have answered that in this role several times in the past and he has come up with the goals that have won us the next games and I expect that to be the same moving forward,” he added.
Harry Kane overcame an ankle injury to finish the Premier League season. He has been an integral part of the England national team for almost a decade. Southgate further explained the reason behind Kane being subbed off during the first two group games.
“In one of the games we were already ahead and we needed the energy to press and keep the lead, we didn’t need an additional goal,” he added. “Harry, during the World Cup, we ended up with him playing a lot of football and we’ve felt the need to manage that load a little bit this time and we have got good options on the bench to bring people into the game.”