Gareth Southgate: England's first manager to make no subs in 25 years

Southgate said, "We wanted to make substitutions towards the end, but when the goal went in we thought there was no point because we would be adding time on."
Gareth Southgate: England's first manager to make no subs in 25 years
England manager Gareth Southgate speaks at a news conference on Wednesday. | REUTERS

For the first time in 25 years, Garteh Southgate became the first England manager to go 90 minutes without using a substitute.

Southgate made 11 changes from Sunday's win over Andorra, reverting to the starting side he put out for last Thursday's win in Hungary for the World Cup qualifier against Poland in Warsaw.

The last Englad manager playing without using subs was Terry Venables in the semi-finals of Euro 96 and his side lose on penalties to Germany at Wembley.

However, Southgate's Three Lions conceded a late goal from Damian Szymanski powering stoppage time header to cancel Harry Kane's 72 minute opener.

Although Poland made five subs, Southgate's stunt has attracted criticism but the Englanshman seemed unmoved.

Asked why he didn’t make any changes in Warsaw, Southgate told ITV: "Because we were in total control of the game and we’d have been making changes for the sake of it, really.

"I thought the players out there were in the rhythm of the game, we were in control of the game so to make the changes would have potentially disrupted it rather than improved it.

"It’s not easy to come off the bench in those moments of matches."

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said, "I have absolutely no doubt that will be questioned but we didn't see that was needed."

To BBC, Southgate said, "We wanted to make substitutions towards the end, but when the goal went in we thought there was no point because we would be adding time on."

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