'We were in total control': Southgate defends lack of substitutions – video

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The England manager Gareth Southgate has defended his decision not to bring on any substitutes during the 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Poland in Warsaw. England led 1-0 thanks to Harry Kane but Damian Szymanski boosted Poland's own hopes of reaching Qatar with a stoppage‑time header.

“We were in total control of the game and to bring players into that moment when everyone was performing to a good level and we were in control of possession,' Southgate said. 'You can put players into the game who’ve had to sit in the stand and it’s not so easy to come in in those latter stages.' England stay top of Group I but lost their 100% record after Szymanski's late leveller.

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