FIFA World Cup Qualifier: England Captain Harry Kane urges Gareth Southgate to start him against San Marino in England’s final World Cup qualifying fixture

FIFA World Cup Qualifier: England Captain Harry Kane urges Gareth Southgate to start him against San Marino in England's final World Cup qualifying fixture
FIFA World Cup Qualifier: England Captain Harry Kane urges Gareth Southgate to start him against San Marino in England's final World Cup qualifying fixture

FIFA World Cup Qualifier: England Captain Harry Kane urges Gareth Southgate to start him against San Marino in England’s final World Cup qualifier fixture: Despite not playing up to his best level for his club side Tottenham Hotspur this season, Harry Kane has arrived on the international stage with all guns blazing. The Englishman netted a perfect 1st half hattrick, helping England to lead 5-0 just after the 1st half, with 2 other goals from Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire. A win against England’s next opponents San Marino will guarantee England’s place in the World Cup finals in 2022.

The Hattrick took Kane’s international tally to 44 goals in 66 appearances for the 3 Lions and propelled Kane to 4th on the all-time list alongside another Tottenham Hotspur legend, Jimmy Greaves. Currently Kane is behind the likes of Gary Lineker (48), Sir Bobby Charlton (49) and Wayne Rooney (53), Kane is now eyeing Rooney’s all-time record of 53 goals.

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Kane is now eyeing Wayne Rooney’s all-time record of 53 goals.

FIFA World Cup Qualifier, San Marino vs England: England manager Gareth Southgate in his pre-match press conference described his captain’s desire to feature from the start, England manager Southgate said, “He’s quick to let me know he hasn’t played in those games, for sure, he is keen to play.” Kane has not started any of the three games against minnows San Marino and Andorra during England’s World Cup qualifying campaign so far.

If Harry Kane scores against San Marino tonight, the Tottenham Hotspur man could become the 1st English player to score 13 goals in a calendar year for the national team.

Gareth Southgate is expected to lineup a rotated starting 11 this time around, giving squad players some game time, despite rotation Gareth Southgate is expected to grant the former Norwich City man his wish, along with Kane Jude Bellingham, Conor Coady and Tyrone Mings could all feature in the starting lineup. There could also be debuts for Arsenal duo of Emile Smith Rowe (starting 11 debut) and Aaron Ramsdale along with Crystal Palace’s Conor Gallagher.

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