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Jamie Carragher believes England’s attacking struggles have nothing to do with individual form but rather the entire tactical system.
Gareth Southgate’s side were held to a scoreless draw against underdogs Scotland in Friday night’s highly anticipated Euro 2020 group stage clash and were second best for large spells throughout the game.
Other than opportunities from set pieces, the home side created little throughout the match and striker Harry Kane is yet to have a shot on target across his two matches at the tournament thus far.
Indeed, England’s concerns in attack stretch far beyond just one match – they have scored just three goals against their last four matches despite their wealth of attacking options.
Harry Kane has struggled to find his best form for England
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This is likely to be the main talking point ahead of Tuesday’s final group game against the Czech Republic – with England still very likely to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament.
However, Friday night’s clash against neighbours Scotland was the main event for many of their fans with the meeting the first between the two at a major tournament since in the group stages in the same competition, at Wembley, 25 years ago.
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Kane has started as the central striker in a front three alongside Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden, the latter of whom was substituted off for Jack Grealish in the second half.
England managed just one shot on target in the encounter against the Scots and only one of those efforts was on target, with visiting goalkeeper David Marshall largely untroubled – and the visitors created more throughout the game.
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Whilst the result takes England one step closer towards the knockout stages, it sees a loss of momentum and questions now being asked now only of the players starting, but of the system.
Carragher wrote in his column in The Telegraph : “I expressed my concerns about Harry Kane in my column after the first game.
“I suspect the points I made after the Croatia win will be raised by a few others over the next few days.
“It’s a worry that England are not having enough shots on goal, or creating chances. The attacking system is not functioning as it needs to, even with the addition of two attacking full-backs.
“But let’s take nothing away from Steve Clarke. That was a fantastic tactical performance by the Scotland coach and I am delighted for him and his players.
“It’s great for the tournament that the Scots go into the final game with Croatia with the chance to go through.
“There needs to be some perspective from an England perspective. This game was always going to be different to others.
“Four points from two games is a decent return and they can secure progress into the last sixteen against the Czech Republic.”
England face the Czech Republic on Tuesday, with the team possibly finishing anywhere between first and third in the group depending upon the result.