Harry Kane set to start on England bench v Lithuania
Roy Hodgson to resist thrusting Kane into the England spotlight at Wembley
March 27th, 2015
Harry Kane will almost certainly make his England debut on Friday night although it might have to be a cameo appearance.
The latest reports suggest that Roy Hodgson will refrain from “populist” calls to field the Tottenham youngster for the Euro 2016 qualifier and instead go with players who gave more international experience.
The match against Lithuania should be a walk in the park for England, with Wayne Rooney set to be given the central striking role, while Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling will flank the captain in attack.
Jordan Henderson, Michael Carrick and Fabian Delph will operate as part of a three-man midfield, with Hodgson not in the mood for bowing down to calls for Kane to start.
“Welbeck is still very much in contention as is Rooney, who we are delighted to see playing up front again for Manchester United because we have always used him as a front player,” Hodgson said.
“There have been quite a few times during my time as the national team manager when someone has burst on to the scene [as Kane has done] and, despite the fact that they are young, there is a clamour for them to be thrust straight in. I’d like to think I don’t succumb to that or, if I do pick them, that I’m merely making a populist decision.
“I can see him [Kane] making his full senior debut over the course of these next two games but that is not an awful lot to give you.”