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England not short of attacking options, happy with the options we’ve got: Gareth Southgate


England head coach Gareth Southgate mentioned that he is pretty satisfied with the attacking options his side has. Moreover, the veteran reckoned that his side has enough possibilities up front compared to the squad that played in last year’s European Championship.

England have only managed to score one goal in their previous three matches. Last week, a late penalty from Harry Kane helped them evade a second successive Nations League defeat away to Germany after they faced a defeat in Hungary.

“I think there is this perception of what we had and have (in the attack), and there’s the reality of what Harry and Raheem (Sterling) have delivered compared to everybody else,” Southgate was quoted saying at a news conference on Monday, June 13.

“I’m really happy with the options we’ve got. We’ve been able to refresh people with someone like Jack (Grealish) to come in the game in Germany and Jarrod (Bowen) to have the impact they did.

“We’ve obviously not been able to have Phil (Foden) this time, up to now. So there are still some players that can really make a difference in games.”

HUNGER TO SCORE GOALS

England’s troubles continued on Saturday as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Italy. England are currently placed at the bottom of Group A3 on two points even as Italy, who failed to qualify for the upcoming World Cup, are on top with five points.

“We’ve had goals in different areas over the last few years — set plays and different players getting goals, midfielders,” Kane added.

“I’m sure every lad who puts on an England shirt wants to score and affect the game and get assists. The most important thing is the mentality of having the hunger to get the goals and that’s what I talk to my team mates about.

“We’ve done that well going into major tournaments but we’re still learning and improving. The boys are eager to score goals and get involved,” the England captain added.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker also welcomed Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez to the Premier League, saying their arrival will positively impact his own scoring form.

“The battle for the Golden Boot is always tough. The Premier League has produced some top strikers for a number of years now,” Kane mentioned.

“I think it helps me as a player to have group competition, it drives me to improve and get better so for sure I look forward to the challenge,” he added.



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