Gareth Southgate chose not to substitute Harry Kane even though the striker’s penalty miss resulted in England’s elimination from the World Cup.
In a thrilling match that ended with a 2-1 victory for Les Bleus, Kane failed to score a penalty kick against France in the quarter-finals, despite previously successfully scoring a penalty against his Tottenham teammate, Hugo Lloris.
The importance of Kane for Southgate
Despite the setback, Kane’s excellent season with Tottenham has not been affected. Since the season resumed, the 29-year-old has scored 10 goals, with his most recent one against Southampton on Saturday.
Southgate never felt the need to contact his captain, who has now equaled Wayne Rooney’s record for the most goals scored for England, after successfully scoring a penalty against France.
“I don’t think it’s a big hurdle really,” Southgate added.
“I had a good chat with him while we were away. I sent him a message before he went back to his club and then I took a step back and had a look at how it was, and I haven’t really felt the need to pick the phone up.
“It is there in his performances for Spurs. Sometimes you can busy yourself and look for a pat on the back by getting in touch with a player but I can’t take any credit for what he’s done.”