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Pat Nevin | "I wouldn't be surprised if Harry Kane was top goal scorer"


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After an underwhelming performance against a battling Tunisia side, Harry Kane scored a brace to spare England's blushes in a 2-1 win. Former Chelsea and Scotland winger Pat Nevin gave his thoughts on the match:

"Gareth Southgate has got a lot of questions to ask himself. You’re playing three at the back, explain why. Take one of them off. Bring an extra striker on. England didn’t create a bunch of chances tonight, they created one. I’m saddened for England tonight.

"Dele Alli did nothing for the vast majority of the game. Don’t stick with that system. You do that against good teams you haven't got a chance, you won’t win. There’s tough decisions to make and they won’t be popular but that’s why you’re international manager. When he took Dele Alli off and put Loftus-Cheek on that was a good decision.

"That gives him some breathing space and boy did he need it. They got lucky. They need to be a lot better than that. If they play to those strengths, they can maybe go to the quarter finals. They were looking well under par.

"If they had the the team that had Gerrard, Lampard, the golden generation, in this tournament, I think they’d be favourites, but they don’t have that team anymore. I still think England can find a way to win.

"Against the better teams you actually might not play Harry Kane, I know he scores a lot of goals because against the better teams you’re gonna be under pressure and you’re not gonna control the game. England have startling stunning pace and they are better than almost all of the teams."

Stephen Kierans


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