Following England’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Hungary at Wembley on Tuesday night, Gareth Southgate refused to single out Harry Kane for criticism.
England, who can qualify for the 2022 World Cup with four points from games against Albania and San Marino next month, struggled to come up with ideas against tenacious opponents, and the spotlight focused on Kane after his 15-game scoring streak came to an end.
Tottenham’s striker, who has yet to score in the Premier League this season after failing to secure a move to Manchester City last summer, has been out of sorts, and Southgate has been forced to defend his captain after replacing him.
“I just think tonight we didn’t play as well as a team as we should and we can,” England’s manager said. “In the end we need to refresh that and get fresh legs into the game. With any of the forward players there’s always a story when we take them off.
“They’re big players. We have to have a team able to do that. We felt it was the right thing at the time. I don’t think singling out any players is fair because we’re all responsible for that.”
source : Guardian sport