Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

England will rotate keepers in each half against France,says manager Gareth Southgate

England will rotate keepers in each half against France,says manager Gareth Southgate

"I think it has been a good experience to develop other leaders. There are many areas we could have done better".

"He's shown great leadership". I'm not in a rush to make that decision.

"It's nice that the history between us doesn't come between us at those moments".

Handing the captaincy to a 23-year-old highlights how important Southgate believes it is to spread the burden, but keeping Kane for Tuesday does not necessarily mean he is front runner for the permanent role.

Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate's Three Lions crossed the border to play Scotland at Hampden Park.

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton says he never lost the desire to play for England, even when he was plying his trade in League Two.

"Tom has had an outstanding season".

"We wanted to support France in the match following the attack in Paris, but equally if people don't feel comfortable singing our anthem, then no problem, we understand".

You need to give people game time; in the past one or two goalkeepers have given up worldwide football because they haven't had the chance. Les Bleus were leading Sweden in their encounter thanks to Olivier Giroud's superb strike early on, but a Hugo Lloris error allowed their opponents to get a victor in injury time to come away with a 2-1 victory.

Southgate said: "Jack is coming back from a long lay-off, was the No2 before that but hasn't had the amount of game time perhaps up to now, but we think he can challenge for the No1 slot moving forward".

Southgate admitted it was a "difficult call" to omit Southampton's Fraser Forster from the audition, but made clear that he and Sunderland's Jordan Pickford, now with the Under-21 squad as they prepare for the European Championships, remained in his plans.

"Like in all positions, we want competition for places".

The pair are expected to go the Stade de France afterwards to watch the friendly between France and England, where tributes will be paid to the victims of the recent atrocities.

But with three of their remaining four qualifiers due to be staged at home, it will take a succession of serious mistakes to blow France off course and a quick glance at the players within Didier Deschamps' squad suggests that they will sail untroubled towards qualification this autumn. I guess that's similar to Arsene as well.really like to work with younger players and clearly - just like Arsene - gives the younger players a chance and gives them the platform to go on and hopefully do good things. "He's had an excellent season, an indication of the depth of talent they have".

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