Gareth Southgate has confirmed his fears over Harry Kane suffering a possible burn-out, as England face Switzerland in Tuesday night’s friendly at King Power Stadium, Leicester.
The Tottenham striker has played for 573 minutes of this year’s World Cup in Russia, scoring six goals and won the Golden Boot and since the start of last season has started for 61 minutes in all competitions despite suffering ankle and hamstring problems during that time.
Southgate, whose team have lost three games in a row said: “Harry falls in that category in which we have several players where we have to watch how much they play.”
“It was a short break with no pre-season and everybody was back earlier than everybody would have expected for club matches, although that is entirely understandable.
“Is he due a rest? I think so. We talked a bit after the World Cup about the demands of the modern player. 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 them.
“Normally, we have not got opposing objectives but the clubs would be holding their breath and hiding behind their sofas watching our teams go out, but this is one of those occasions where we want to look at our squad and do the right thing with the players for our long-term benefit.”
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck will be paired up front for this evening’s match with a total of nine changes from the side that played Spain at Wembley on Saturday.
It is understood Southgate will hand the captain’s armband to Spurs teammate Eric Dier and give starts to Jack Butland in goal, James Tarkowski, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Welbeck.