Why Rashford must replace Raheem for England v Panama

Tunisia 1 England 2

Kane 11  Sassi 35 (pen) Kane 90+1


We should have won this game in the first 20 minutes.

Instead it was harrowing night of frustration where we needed an injury-time winner.

That moment of ecstasy came when Ashley Young’s  corner was headed by John Stones and the keeper palmed it away to Harry Kane, who scored with a twisting header. A very cool finish in the circumstances.

Kane made that goal look easier than it was.

The ridiculously incompetent Wilmar Rolden,who allowed absurd gamesmanship, should never referee another international match,

While Rashford is a big power player, Raheem is an intricate little dribbler whose final ball and finishing are still pitiful.

Southgate has to look at his own performance.

He should have brought on his subs earlier. Second half, he should have told them to mix it up against hapless opponents who camped their own half for the whole of the second period.

Put another big man up front and launch it into the box and win the second ball.

Seeing that Dele Alli wasn’t fit in the second half, Southgate should have taken him off much sooner. The classy, creative Loftus-Cheek gives us something different. He’s two-footed and huge and can dribble quickly but also slow the game down. RLC is a big asset  who should be used much more,

If England beat Panama and Belgium beat Tunisia, Matchday 3 will not be a pressure game, so it’s one Loftus-Cheek should start.

The best player in  England’s youngest-ever World Cup team was Trippier, who created six chances, more than any other player in the tournament.

We have learned that you can wrestle Harry Kane to the ground and have the incident reviewed by four FIFA referees on VAR-  and still not get a penalty.

VAR is useless. A farce, a total waste of time.