Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Gary Neville: 'Harry Kane should have been rested'

Gary Neville: 'Harry Kane should have been rested'

"I love him as a manager, but he should have said "I am not using you, you need time off to rest, I am not going to use you for the next two or three games, so go on holiday, freshen up, because I want you for the rest of the season'". We know Harry Kane is a great player.

"Definitely a few words spoken between the boys", said the Leicester City player. "We had to stop the rot after three straight defeats and kept a clean sheet too".

Southgate told 5 live: "The players certainly had a lot to say to each other when they first got into the dressing room".

He now returns to Old Trafford to begin a three-game suspension for a red card picked up 10 minutes after going on as a sub in their win at Burnley in the last game before this global break.

After being pegged back, Switzerland struggled to reimburse the first half dominance that almost saw them surge ahead.

"But the players needed the game".

"We spoke at half-time and we weren't happy with how we were playing, but we took control after the break and got the goal".

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Switzerland looked impressively assured on the ball, managing to find space in midfield in a manner that generally proved beyond England, and saw 65 percent of possession in the first half.

"We expect and encourage it, because they're intelligent footballers and it's important they have a view of what's going on". Then we have to make sure that doesn't boil over. He still got goals but he's never quite looked like the Harry Kane we know.

Southgate, though, used the example of England captain Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo to show that at just 20, Rashford has plenty of time on his side. There is huge competition for places at his club so you can understand that. "We had a real jigsaw of minutes to piece together, when to put people on or take them off, and we've got them through the game".

With the youngster set for a spell on the sidelines at club level, Southgate was keen to give him a big role for England. That's a pleasing fact. "All of us, we weren't happy with the performance at halftime".

After going down at home to Spain on Saturday, the English were out to end off their worldwide break on a high.

"The players have given everything through a really hard period".

Ronaldo's nine goals in the 27 internationals he had played by the same age outweighs Rashford's tally of five - although only 11 of the latter's caps have come from games which he has started compared to Ronaldo's 19. "It's not been a ideal week by any means, but it's a win".

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