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Harry Kane discusses Gareth Southgate's decision to take him off against Scotland

Ross Jackson
Harry Kane was withdraw against Scotland
Harry Kane was withdraw against Scotland / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images
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Harry Kane had no issues with Gareth Southgate's decision to haul him off against Scotland on Friday night and believes there's positives to be taken from the game despite England's poor performance.

The forward was replaced by Marcus Rashford with 15 minutes to go at Wembley Stadium - meaning he's now been substituted in both of England's games in the tournament - despite the Three Lions desperately needing a goal to break the deadlock.

Eyebrows were raised when it became apparent the England captain would be the man to make way for Rashford - with Kane himself evidently bemused - but the Tottenham man has accepted the decision.

"It's part of the game," he told reporters (via the Daily Mail). "The manager felt that was the right decision so you just have to take it. It is what it is."

After the match Southgate was asked why he decided to withdraw the man with 34 goals in 56 international games when his side were looking for a breakthrough.

Harry Kane was taken off with 15 minutes to play
Harry Kane was taken off with 15 minutes to play / Matt Dunham - Pool/Getty Images

"We needed more runs in behind and I felt Marcus would give us that energy," he replied. "We have to make these decisions based on what we see.

"The whole team can look at ourselves, and that starts with me. We've got to be better. We didn't do enough to win the game tonight, there were not enough attempts on goal, and we have to go away and look at that."

Despite a disappointing showing from England the point moves them a step closer to qualification and a win in their final group outing against the Czech Republic will secure top spot in Group D.

Kane says his side can have no complaints over the result but claims England have put themselves in a strong position heading into the third round of matches.

Gareth Southgate defended his decision to take off Harry Kane
Gareth Southgate defended his decision to take off Harry Kane / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

"It wasn't our best performance, but it's another point closer to qualification and that's our ultimate goal," he said. "It was a fair result, fair play to Scotland. We know no game is going to be easy as 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. It's not what we wanted, but it's one step closer to qualifying. One step at a time and we go again."


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