Gareth Southgate has defined why he substituted Harry Maguire and supplied an replace on Harry Kane following England’s 6-2 World Cup win over Iran.
- Maguire, Kane subbed in England win
- Southgate insists Kane is ‘nice’
- Explains Maguire went off unwell
WHAT HAPPENED? Simply after the Three Lions went 4-0 up, Iran managed to claw again what would solely function a comfort via Mehdi Taremi as England bought off to a flying begin in Group B. Maguire was compelled off within the aftermath, although, with Kane additionally making approach having gone down with an ankle problem earlier within the recreation. Southgate defined after the sport that Maguire was changed because of feeling unwell, fairly than concussion as initially thought.
WHAT HE SAID: Talking post-match, Southgate mentioned: “Aside from that [Maguire’s illness worry], [I] have not seen something of concern [about injuries]… I feel Harry [Kane]’s nice.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Earlier than Maguire’s withdrawal, Kane went down injured clutching his ankle simply 5 minutes into the second half following a problem from Morteza Pouraliganji. Regardless of taking part in on for an additional 20 minutes or so, there was concern as he was finally changed by Callum Wilson. Southgate’s phrases shall be reassuring after Kane was later seen limping together with his ankle strapped.
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WHAT NEXT FOR ENGLAND? Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions should rapidly put their opening bout behind them and swap focus to their assembly with the US on Friday.