Gareth Southgate admits England can’t just rely on Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling for goals

The Three Lions are bottom of their Nations League group after following last weekend’s loss to Hungary with draws against Germany and Italy, Kane’s late penalty in Munich being the only goal they scored in all three matches.

The goal was the captain’s 50th for the national team, while Sterling became a reliable goalscorer during the latter part of his international career and now has 19 goals to his name.

However, centre-back Harry Maguire is the current side’s second-highest goalscorer out of seven, with Tammy Abraham, Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount having managed just 14 England goals between them.

“We had two or three very good chances to take,” Southgate said after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Italy at Molineux.

“You don’t get many chances in games against top teams. We are very, very dependent on Harry and Raheem for our goals at the moment and that is a concern.

“Harry and Raheem are the ones who consistently get the goals and that’s the area we need to improve if we want to progress as a team.”

Kane started on the bench against Italy before being introduced as a second-half substitute. He is likely to return to the starting XI for visiting Hungary on Tuesday as he closes in on Wayne Rooney’s England all-time record of 53, but Southgate is desperate to see the burden on his talisman reduced.

“The problem is that if you don’t have [Kane] for some reason, Southgate added. “Every top team relies on their best players – France last night was dead and buried [against Austria] and [Kylian] Mbappe offers something.

“Of course, the quality of your best players is an important factor in determining your success.

“We are very lucky to have some very good ones and our captain’s goalscoring record is phenomenal, but we have to start spreading that load. There are players who score more regularly for their clubs and need to convert that into football. international.

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