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Harry Kane v San Marino as England striker chases Wayne Rooney’s scoring record

England only need one point against the whipping boys of European football to be sure of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup and Southgate has confirmed he will ring the bell for the changes.

But the England manager hinted at another start for Kane, who overtook Wayne Rooney as England’s all-time leading scorer in competitive goals with a clinical treble in the first half in the 5-0 defeat against Albania on Friday.

The Tottenham forward, who has struggled for form domestically this season, is only nine off Rooney’s all-time record of 53 England goals and would love the chance to lead the line against San Marino.

“With Harry, I don’t think it would be fair to treat this game any differently from others by giving you [the media] the team, ”Southgate said.

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

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

“In any game, if you don’t have the right leaders on the pitch and you don’t start the game well, it can lead to anxiety and if you don’t have enough experience it can lead to can lead to unnecessary hard times.

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

“Then there is a balance between the players who have been important members of the team for us, making sure that the others who have started the bigger games, if you will, will have to support the others when they are. inside.

“They get incredible support from the team when we play games and I don’t think it hurts the starters to recognize it and pay it back.

“We are progressing as we are thanks to the group and the mentality of the whole group. Sometimes you have to play this different role in all positions to get that understanding. “

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England have so far done a light job in qualifying for the World Cup, dropping just four points in Group I, in draws with Poland and Hungary.

Some of the other European heavyweights are in much less comfortable positions heading into the final stages of matches, with Portugal, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands among the teams currently not guaranteed a place in the match. Qatar next winter.

Southgate said qualifying for the World Cup should never be taken for granted and praised the mentality and form of his team.

“Without a doubt, we should never take qualifying for granted,” he said.

“Portugal have an important game that could go both ways; Italy is not confirmed, Spain is the same, Holland.

“There wasn’t a lot of room for error. We handled the matches in Warsaw and Budapest very well, which were probably the main ones for qualifying.

“We have responded well to all the obstacles that have been posed to us in a calendar year in which we have had a total contrast in terms of the quality of the opponent we have faced.

“The mentality has been good. That’s why in 90 minutes and extra time, we weren’t beaten. It is a record on which we want to continue to build. We are fourth in terms of goals scored and chances created. It’s a good challenge to try to improve it tomorrow.

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