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Gareth Southgate on substitutes decision


Gareth Southgate has revealed that he did want to make substitutes in England’s 1-1 draw with Poland, but decided not to in the fear of adding more time on at the end of the game.

England had taken the lead in the second half thanks to a wonderful long-range strike from Harry Kane, but were pegged back in the 91st minute by Damian Szymanski.

In the immediate aftermath of the game Southgate has taken some flak for his decision not to make a single substitute throughout the course of the qualifier – the first time the Three Lions haven’t made a sub in a game since 1996.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Southgate confirmed that that was not the plan originally:

 “We wanted to make substitutions towards the end, but when the goal went in we thought there was no point because we would be adding time on.

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