England captain Harry Kane to be rested for Switzerland friendly

Aubrey Yates
September 12, 2018

"So numerous lads were playing their first 45 minutes of the season", said the England manager.

And in England's 2-1 defeat to Spain in the Uefa Nations League on Saturday, Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw had to be taken off midway through the second half due to a head injury.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane, who won the Golden Boot at this year's World Cup with six goals, has started 61 matches in all competitions since the start of last season.

"Harry falls in the category in which we have several players where we have to watch how much they play", said the Three Lions boss. There was definitely a lot of room for improvement.

"Shaqiri was dropping into areas that were available and they were overloading midfield. We turned it over too easily in that first period but we kept the ball better in the second half".

"Before I got in there the players were trying to sort things out", he explained.

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"Before I got in the players were trying to sort things out", he continued.

"We know the performance could have been better".

It was going to be tough mentally to switch back from the World Cup to these games, physically for all the players, and with two tough games to play. We also know that, on Saturday against Spain, we could have feasibly ended with a draw which would have looked different as well.

While England had an impressive summer campaign at the World Cup, defying all expectations to reach the semi-finals over in Russian Federation, they did so with a relatively young and inexperienced side. "And I'm not sure he was developed, I think he was a effect of a unique talent.capable and willing to have the ball against any opposition".

"I imagine Croatia are having similar difficulties".

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