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England v Switzerland: Harry Kane rested as Gareth Southgate shuffles pack

England v Switzerland: Harry Kane rested as Gareth Southgate shuffles pack

England have a genuine striker who can help shoulder the burden alongside - and not just as a under-study to - Harry Kane.

Kane would have been in line for his 62nd start for Tottenham Hotspur and England since the beginning of last season, but Southgate wants to cut back his workload.

Jack Butland, James Tarkowski, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Welbeck all look set to start.

Luke Shaw is likely to only need a week off after suffering a concussion in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Spain and Dele Alli could feature for Tottenham at the weekend despite a muscle strain, according to England manager Gareth Southgate.

If England lose against Switzerland, it will be the nation's longest ever run of losses. "Harry falls into a category in which we..."

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"We talked a bit after the World Cup about the demands of the modern player", he explained.

"I thought Dele's performance was good against Spain". Everybody has got to play a part in that but the clubs own the player and they have got to do the right thing for themselves.

Southgate set his side up in a fairly attacking mode, with Jordan Henderson operating as the only recognised central midfielder, although whether this was by design or due to a lack of alternatives is unknown. "And I'm not sure he was developed, I think he was a effect of a unique talent.capable and willing to have the ball against any opposition".

"But I can't rule out anybody because if people play well it would be foolish to ignore them".


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