Southgate reveals that Harry Kane wants to start against San Marino


Gareth Southgate has said that Harry Kane is eager to play for England in their last World Cup qualifier against the electric rider San Marino on Monday.

The three lions only need one point to secure their place in Qatar after beating Albania 5-0 on Friday night – a match where Kane made a perfect hat trick.

That treble meant he has now scored more competitive goals for England than any other player, and is just nine goals behind Wayne Rooney’s record of all time.

Kane would like his chances of getting past the bottom of FIFA’s world rankings.

Asked if Kane would be allowed to rest or if he is eager to go again, Southgate said his team will try to treat this match like any other match.

“With Harry, I do not think it would be right to treat this game differently than anything else by giving you [the media] made, “he said (via the Evening Standard).

“But, of course, he is eager to play. He wants to play. We have to make sure we win this match and we still have to try to qualify for the World Cup.

“When we choose a team, regardless of opponent, we always think about having the right balance and leadership.

“In any game, if you do not have the right leader on the pitch and you do not start the game well, it can lead to anxiety and if you do not have enough experience, it can lead to unnecessarily difficult moments.

“We want players to win back the ball, players who can create. We will have a lot of ball, so we need people who can open up the defense and score goals.

Kane rounded off his hat-trick last Friday with an acrobatic volley / Laurence Griffiths / GettyImages

Then there is a balance of players who have been important squad members for us, and make sure that the others who have started the bigger matches, if you will, must support the others when they are inside.

“They get incredible support from the squad when we play matches and I never think it hurts any of the starters to recognize it and pay it back.

“We move forward as we do because of the squad and the mentality of the whole group. Sometimes you have to play that different role in all positions to get that understanding.”

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