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Harry Kane sends warning to England teammates as he praises Scotland in draw

Harry Kane has told his England team-mates they must dust themselves down ready for their Group D crunch clash with Czech Republic on Tuesday.

Although after being hooked for the second successive game, the Three Lions captain must heed his own advice as much as any member of Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Kane, who was replaced by Marcus Rashford on 74 minutes after a disappointing display, said: “A draw was probably a fair result.

“To be fair to Scotland, they defended really well, created a few chances themselves.

“Scotland made blocks at the right times, we did have chances, but that’s football. No game is going to be easy.

“It wasn’t our best performance. We need to dust ourselves down, recover well and look forward to another game in a few days.”

Asked about being substituted again, Kane added: “Look, it’s part of the game.

Harry Kane has told his England team-mates they must dust themselves down

“The manager makes the decisions on what’s best for the team.

“If he thinks that’s the best decision, then you have to take it. It is what it is.”

Team-mate Declan Rice was, however, quick to defend his captain.

He said: “Scotland nailed their game-plan and nullified Harry Kane. He is a world-class player and we need to get the ball to him to score.

“We need to keep working, we had chances in the second half, but we don’t need to be too down and negative. We have to stay positive.

“There are games at home we should be winning but, credit to Scotland, they ran and defended for their lives. We had our chances to put it away, when John Stones’s header hit a post it felt it might have been one of those nights.

“We need to improve and now the Czech Republic game is massive.”

England keeper Jordan Pickford added: “The bigger thing was, ‘Don’t get beaten’.

“It was important to keep a clean sheet and that’s what we did.

“We have four points and we’re still in control of the group.”

Scotland captain Andy Robertson was confident Scotland deserved their point — and more.

He said: “There’s a sense of frustration. We should’ve won the game and we had the chances to win.

“We had the big chances, at times, we kept the ball superbly well, frustrated them and on another night, we could have came away with more.

We’ll take a point, it keeps us alive, but it’s important we use this feeling, we use the fans being happy going into Tuesday and it’s important we try to use it to get a positive result.”

Billy Gilmour was named Star Of The Match on his first start for Scotland.

He added: “To come in against England, I’m so proud, and to do well, it’s even better.

“It gives us massive confidence. The next game against Croatia. We’ll go back to the hotel and recover and then focus on them.

“I found out in training before we travelled down, we had a slight idea, we were doing shape and set-pieces but it wasn’t until we came to the game, the last meeting, when we found out the team.

“I texted my mum and dad on the bus to the game.”




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