Harry Kane will be starting as standard against Kosovo on Tuesday, however England boss Gareth Southgate insisted his captain is not”undroppable”.
Nevertheless, Southgate said Kane’s remarkable performances supposed it would be a”rare event” for him not to be in the beginning line-up.
Kane seems to return to his best having been hampered by injuries near the end of last season, meaning he did not begin that the Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands and scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Bulgaria.
“In summer time we decided he wasn’t prepared to begin, so that I do not believe you may have a player that’s undroppable, because that’s a dangerous path for any team and it isn’t a healthy position for a player,” Southgate said. “However, it’s safe to say that we won’t be dropping him .
“His level of functionality is so high that diminishing him could be a rare event.”
Adjustments could be made by Southgate for the game at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium, although england have no fresh injury concerns.
“We might freshen the group a bit, that’ll be important,” Southgate added. “We do not need to, everyone is fit and available. We will need to make certain we get the balance right.
“We will need to get the right attacking and defending profiles to make sure we win the match.”
Kosovo are second supporting England in Group A after beating against the Czech Republic on Saturday and have impressed in qualifying so much.
Southgate included:”We are anticipating a different kind of struggle Saturday – but one we’re looking forward to.
“It will be a really different kind of game. Kosovo will probably be large pressinghard working, much more attacking risk than we faced on Saturday.
“Maybe there’ll be more room to play up front. Whatever we learned from Saturday’s game this is a completely different challenge.”
Southgate also commended midfielder Declan Rice – who has revealed that threats were made against his loved ones and himself after shifting allegiance from the Republic of Ireland into England.
Having represented the Irish team and won three senior caps, earlier this season the 20-year-old declared his focus to switch to the nation of his death.
Rice won his fourth England cap and the change of nationality didn’t go down well with a few, leading to some vitriolic abuse that was online.
Southgate stated:”After I spoke with Declan about the possibility of him moving association around, I was very aware that this was something which could occur.
“That is why I wished to tread quite carefully, to ensure him and his family had the time that they needed to make a choice.
“I have never pushedbecause I suspected this would be a part of the consequences of that.
“I think he’s coped with everything amazingly maturely.
“He just wants to concentrate on his soccer and I believe he has been a very exceptional addition to our team, when it comes to his ability but also his mindset and personality.
“He fits the mould so many of our team. They are desperate to improve, they are desperate to maximise their gift.”
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