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Alan Shearer believes England should make two changes to their starting line-up for their final group game against Czech Republic but does not think captain Harry Kane should be dropped.
The Tottenham striker has appeared out of sorts in the group games against Croatia and Scotland – he did not manage to produce a shot on target in either game.
Gareth Southgate’s side have appeared lethargic in attack in those two games and have been blunt in the final third in both games, with Raheem Sterling’s goal in the opening game the only time they have found the net so far.
Indeed, England have scored just three goals across their last four matches and despite not conceding a goal in that timeframe – it will be a concern to Three Lions fans.
Harry Kane has not managed a shot on target in either of his two opening games for England in Euro 2020
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That has led to questions on Kane’s place in the side and whether he should be rested for the final group game against the Czechs in an attacking shake-up.
However, former England striker and captain Shearer has urged Southgate not to make this choice and to keep his attacking leader in the starting line-up.
The pundit argued that Kane only needed one chance to find the net and that would be a game-changer, that could also help turnaround the striker’s fortunes.
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Shearer explained on the BBC: “The question will be asked. There’s no doubt about it: Harry Kane will and should start the next game.
“Forget about leaving your captain and your leader out. We know what he can do, we know what a good player he is. One chance and it’s in the back of the net.”
Despite his insistence that Kane should retain his place in the England side, Shearer believes that changes are needed for the final group game.
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Two of the players Shearer would like to see be given an opportunity in the starting line-up are midfielder Jude Bellingham and playmaker Jack Grealish.
Aston Villa talisman Grealish came on as a second half substitute during Friday’s scoreless draw against Scotland and despite struggling to stamp his mark in the game, has had renew calls to be given a starting role.
Bellingham would add a slightly greater attacking emphasis than Declan Rice or Kalvin Phillips, while there have also been suggestions that Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho should also be afforded an opportunity.
Shearer added: “I understood the way he played against Croatia and having those players in there because England lost that semi-final in 2018 because they got bossed, they got the run around, in midfield.
“I totally understood why he did that and it worked to perfection. I think he’ll make changes in the next game and add a little bit of youth in there.
“Maybe Bellingham. He should definitely play Harry Kane, forget what anyone says about leaving him out. He could bring Bellingham in there to add something different and also [Jack] Grealish.”