England’s attack has lost its rhythm with Southgate suddenly short of options
An attacking unit that seemed to be overloaded with talent has become too reliant on Harry Kane and Raheem SterlingIt spoke volumes for the slog England and Italy produced on Saturday that, by the end, what did not happen seemed more telling than the little that did. England did not click in attack and did not create many clear chances; when that briefly changed, Raheem Sterling did not adjust in time to convert a cross from Reece James when gloriously positioned in front of goal.Sterling’s miss jarred particularly in the aftermath, when a frustrated Gareth Southgate put it on the line that his supporting cast need to do more. England are too reliant on Sterling and Harry Kane for goals, he said, which presents an added layer of complication when one or both are misfiring. When the rarity of Kane’s talent was put to him, the theme of absence dominated again. “The concern is if you don’t have him for whatever reason,” Southgate said.