Gareth Southgate promises not to destroy Harry Kane, despite the England captain’s hopes of playing against San Marino, Albania and Poland to chase the scoring record.
- Harry Kane is well behind Wayne Rooney’s international scoring record
- Kane wants to play all of England’s upcoming qualifiers
- Gareth Southgate told Kane he won’t be playing all of England’s games
Gareth Southgate has told Harry Kane that he will not risk his fitness despite the captain’s desire to play a full role in England’s World Cup qualifiers.
Like Sportsmail Revealed on Wednesday, Kane aims to play all of England’s upcoming clashes against San Marino, Albania and Poland while pursuing Wayne Rooney’s goals record. Kane has 32 goals against Rooney’s 53.
But as we reported, Southgate – who is seriously considering going back to a back-four against San Marino on Thursday night – is unwilling to gamble with the body of his star player, telling Kane he won’t be playing the entire English games during the next week.
Gareth Southgate has told Harry Kane he won’t risk his fitness even though he’s desperate to play
“If I let Harry make every decision, he would play every minute,” Southgate said.
‘That will not happen. It’s great that we have a captain who wants to play every minute of every game, but we have to take into account that he had extra time last Thursday and another high-intensity game on Sunday. We must ensure that we manage the luminaires correctly. ‘
The news will delight Kane’s club manager Jose Mourinho, who was concerned that the Spurs striker would be overplayed during the international break.
On the issue of satisfying club bosses, Southgate added: “ I think all club managers respect in all fairness the fact that we need to get results and win our games and the most important thing in our mind is how we can ensure that the team so is fresh for Albania and Poland as they are for Friday evening.
The news will delight Jose Mourinho, who was concerned about the Spurs’ forward
“You can’t think of one match, you have to think of all three and plan accordingly.”
Southgate plans to put in a 4-3-3 system against the lowest placed team in the world, a move that is a significant shift from the 3-4-3 formation he has for most of his reign used.
However, Southgate has spoken publicly about his team’s need to be flexible and he could go back to three in the back for next week’s game against Poland – the toughest of England’s three games this month.
The recalled 2018 World Cup heroes Jesse Lingard and John Stones both push for a start in Thursday’s showdown at Wembley.
Kane has 32 goals and is chasing Wayne Rooney’s leading total of 53
West Ham striker Lingard, on loan from Manchester United, has not played for England since June 2019, but will play in another attack that is likely to involve Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Manchester City defender Stones, who has not played for Southgate since November 2019, is expected to team up with Wolves defender Conor Coady at the heart of the defense.
In the absence of the injured Jordan Pickford, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope will be lining up to get ahead of Manchester United’s Dean Henderson, and Chelsea’s Mason Mount will earn his 14th cap.