Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate worrying over injured captain he cannot replace

The England manager will be hoping fervently that Harry Kane is fit for Euro 2020 given the lack of like-for-like alternatives. England Vs Play Off Winner Tickets can be grabbed from our global event ticket sales market.

England Vs Play Off Winner Tickets | Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate worrying over injured captain he cannot replace
Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate worrying over injured captain he cannot replace

It’s a situation that must be causing even the usually unflappable Gareth Southgate sleepless nights. Jose Mourinho’s revelation that Harry Kane may not be back until next season after coming to a part tendon in his left hamstring in the loss to Southampton on New Year’s Day.

The Tottenham head coach’s admission that he is in the dark about the eventual date of Kane’s return could eventually prove to be a red herring designed to prompt Chairman Daniel Levy into the act during the January transfer window.

Up till now, such has been the influence of his captain during the evolution of this youthful England side that Southgate will be hoping Mourinho’s throwaway line at the end of his press conference to preview Tuesday’s FA Cup replay against Middleborough was just that.

Kane found the net in all eight of England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers ending the campaign with 12 goals as Southgate’s side outscored every team on the continent bar Belgium and Italy. England Euro Cup Tickets can be grabbed from our global event ticket sales market.

But having won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia the 26-year-old’s role has changed strikingly since his manager decided to abandon the 3-5-2 founding that helped England influence the semi-finals for the first time since 1990. England Vs Croatia Tickets can be grabbed from our global event ticket sales market.

England Vs Play Off Winner Tickets | Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate worrying over injured captain he cannot replace
Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate worrying over injured captain he cannot replace

Raheem Sterling’s run of 10 goals in his last 11 appearances for his country has happened together with the decision to shift to 4-3-3, while Marcus Rashford has also found his feet at the international level with seven in his last 13.

Vital to their success although against limited opponents in a weak succeeding group has been the decision to play Kane slightly deeper in a false nine role that is not dissimilar to the way Liverpool employs Roberto Firmino. Euro 2020 Fans from all over the world can buy Group D Euro 2020 Tickets online.

Eye witness his three assists in the 6-0 humiliation of Bulgaria in October. Having already played in Sterling to set up Ross Barkley for the second goal it was Kane’s cross from the right side that allowed the Chelsea midfielder to make it 3-0 before a one-two with Kieran Trippier set up Sterling for the fourth.

Two months earlier after a hat-trick against the same opponents that saw him overtake Geoff Hurst and Stan Mortensen in England’s all-time goal-scoring list Southgate had highlighted the other side of Kane’s influence to his team.

We put up and watched him take penalties for about 20 minutes yesterday the England Euro 2020 manager said. When you watch the process he goes through he gives himself every chance of succeeding by that thoughtful practice.

England Vs Play Off Winner Tickets | Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate worrying over injured captain he cannot replace
Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate worrying over injured captain he cannot replace

The team that defeated Kosovo to seal qualification for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament had an average age of 23 and was the youngest to represent England for more than six decades. As one of the few from his group to survive.

Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham who scored his coming out international goal in the 7-0 rout against Montenegro in November has been earmarked as Kane’s understudy for this summer but offers different qualities to the Spurs striker.

Southampton’s Danny Ings is another alternative and looks certain to be given his opportunity in friendlies against Italy and Denmark in March, having enjoyed a brilliant season at his hometown club.

There is no doubt he will have his fingers crossed that England’s lucky charm will return in time to lead them into a Euro 2020 tournament that represents a genuine chance of success given that the semi-finals and final will be played on home soil.

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