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England, Macedonia share shooting statistic
England have struggled to create clear-cut chances so far this tournament.
Journalist Richard jolly revealed a damning stat of Southgate’s big problem at half time during last night’s game.
Showing that England have had as many shots on target as, not the entire Macedonia team, but forward Aleksandar Trajokovski.
So far in Euro 2020, North Macedonia’s Aleksandar Trajkovski has had as many shots on target as England, despite being substituted in his first game and a substitute in his second.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) June 18, 2021
Despite having the Premier League’s most feared striker in Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all earning minutes so far, it leaves the nation wondering what needs to change.
Scotland managed 11 shots with 2 on target in comparison to England’s 9 and just 1 on target.
The Scots were by far the better side and showed more ambition to try and win the game whereas England looked cautious and played with an element of fear of losing.
Many will hope that, should England go through, of which they are very much expected to, their ambition and drive to win the matches in the knockout rounds will see a more proactive approach to games.
Kane substitution explained
Gareth Southgate took off Harry Kane in the second half with the Spurs striker failing to make an impact.
He looked tired and lacklustre, not the typical forward who drops in the both create, link play and score goals.
After the match Southgate was asked why he decided to remove the player and said it was to do with a need for more ‘energy.’
“I felt we needed a few more runs in behind and Marcus would give us that energy,” Southgate said.
“We have to base these decisions on what we see. We’ve got to be better and that starts with me. We didn’t have enough attempts at goal and need to look at that over the next few days.
“And that’s right across the board. So it’s not just about one person.
“It was really difficult to find space tonight. Scotland defended really well and we weren’t able to open them up. I think I know exactly where this team is – it’s a very young team and some of them won’t have experienced a night with that intensity and pressure. They will have learned from that.”
Kane will likely keep his starting place in the final group game against the Czech Republic however, many will question Raheem Sterling’s conclusion whose two performance, besides the solitary goal, have been very lacklustre.