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Southgate warns stars Kane, Rashford: You're not big players

England coach Gareth Southgate has told his players they don't belong at the top level.

Dual Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford are among the most coveted players in Europe.

But Southgate, set to switch to a back three with Jack Butland in goal tonight, said: “We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League.

“But when we are in semi-finals, finals and winning trophies then I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove.

“I am the same as coach so I don't disassociate myself from that.

“But we can't consider ourselves big players. Big players are Pique, Ramos, Busquets, Kroos, Khedira, Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are.

“We create a bubble in our country around the [Premier] League because of the money, because of the profile of it. [But] we have it to prove. No problem. These guys are hungry to prove it."

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