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England: Harry Kane to be rested for game vs Italy with Tammy Abraham set for start

Harry Kane will be rested before England’s Nations League game against Italy, and Gareth Southgate will give Roma striker Tammy Abraham a chance to live up to his claim.

  • England captain Harry Kane rests against Italy in the Nations League
  • Kane is now just three goals away from Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 for England
  • Gareth Southgate will instead put Roma’s Tammy Abraham in charge on Saturday

Harry Kane is set to rest for England’s upcoming Nations League game against Italy in Molineux on Saturday.

The captain, 28, scored his 50th international goal in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Germany, taking one lead over Sir Bobby Charlton to second place on England’s all-time list.

Kane is three goals away from Wayne Rooney’s record 53 goals for England, but the Tottenham player will not get a chance to close the gap this week as Gareth Southgate instead lets Roma’s Tammy Abraham take the lead against Italy.

England captain Harry Kane will rest in upcoming match against Italy

England captain Harry Kane will rest in upcoming match against Italy

Tammy Abraham will instead be in charge of the Three Lions game on Saturday

Tammy Abraham will instead be in charge of the Three Lions game on Saturday

Southgate hinted that he would rest him after the Munich draw, despite Kane’s desire to play every game for his country. He can return to Hungary on Tuesday.

The England coach said: “We clearly have to look after the well-being of the players.

“Harry is a phenomenal professional, the way he takes care of himself.

Kane will have to wait to get closer to Wayne Rooney's international goalscoring record

Kane will have to wait to get closer to Wayne Rooney’s international goalscoring record

“I’m not saying he’s going to get his wish to start all four games because there’s Tammy we want to see perform as well.”

sports post revealed last week that Southgate Roma striker Abraham was eager to give Abraham a chance to impress as the England boss is wary of the lack of options for the center behind Kane with the World Cup approaching.

He is expected to make a host of changes for the match in Italy, which will be played behind closed doors in Molineux as punishment for the violent scenes that marred last summer’s European Championship final at Wembley.

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