Harry Kane is expected to maintain his spot after Gareth Southgate underlined that England cannot assume that qualification is a given.
Harry Kane could have been benched against Wales to advance to the knockout stages, but Gareth Southgate is unwilling to take that chance with England’s place in the group.
According to the England manager, the only England uncertainty heading into the final group match against Wales is Ben White, while Harry Kane is healthy and ready to play.
If England defeats Robert Page’s team, they will advance as group champions, while Wales must triumph to have any hope of competing in the competition’s knockout rounds.
Kane underwent a scan after suffering a foot injury in the 6-2 victory over Iran in the opening group game.
Both Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney have indicated that Kane needs a break to keep him fresh for the later rounds.
Southgate, on the other hand, insists that he will start his strongest lineup despite admitting that no matter what he does, people will think he made a mistake.
When asked about Rooney and Shearer’s statements, Southgate responded, “We haven’t qualified yet. It is difficult to imagine that either Rooney or Shearer would have accepted being rested in their England careers.
We are not in the same circumstance that we were in when we defeated Belgium in Russia and earned qualification.
It was a first- or second-choice scenario. When choosing the team, we weren’t entirely certain of what would be advantageous.
Then, even though we had qualified, we had two days of discussions about why we were replacing the team. I’ve figured out how everything functions, sort of.
We simply need to use the knowledge at hand to our advantage and provide the team with the best possible preparation. We’re trying to play well. We want to win football games as a group as well.”
The players are reportedly experiencing “strange” weather, according to England’s medical personnel.
Gareth Southgate, the manager of the Three Lions, stated that even for kickoffs at 10 p.m., temperatures and humidity levels are still high at the field.
Although it was comfortable for the spectators, the players complained that it was hot and humid following their draw with the United States, and Southgate feels the weather is a major obstacle.