Gary Lineker critical of Gareth Southgate decision as England rescue draw against Germany

England fans chant ahead of Nations League clash with Germany

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Gary Lineker was critical of England manager Gareth Southgate’s decision not to play Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Germany. The former England striker tweeted: “England trail and continue to struggle to pass the ball to each other and create anything, while the best passer in English football remains on the bench. That would be @TrentAA if you weren’t sure.

Alexander-Arnold did not get on the pitch as Southgate started full-backs Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker. He did praise Southgate for one of his substitutions however, and said: “The introduction of @JackGrealish has made a difference. You have to take chances to make things happen at this level.” 

Harry Kane scored his 50th goal for England from the penalty spot to cancel out Jonas Hofmann’s second half opener, and Lineker was full of praise for the Tottenham Hotspur striker: “50 goals for @HKane. Fabulous achievement. England play so much better when they have a go. Too much talent to play overly cautious and it doesn’t play to their strengths.”

Speaking to Channel 4 after the game, Kane said: “Really nice feeling [to score]. I had a couple of chances earlier, the first one was over the bar and Manuel Neuer made a good save for the second. We kept going and played our best football in the last half an hour. Good to get the goal and a shame not to nick it at the end. I love scoring goals, I have always loved it especially for my country. Whenever I can help the team I am glad to do that.

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