Harry Kane is major doubt for England’s Nations League clash with Belgium after suffering muscle injury – meaning red hot Dominic Calvert-Lewin is primed for starting role
- Harry Kane was expected the lead line for England against Belgium at Wembley
- In-form Tottenham striker is understood to have picked up a muscular injury
- It remains to be seen how serious it is and if he will miss the Denmark game too
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored against Wales and is primed to come into side
England captain Harry Kane is a major injury doubt for Sunday’s UEFA Nations League clash against Belgium.
The Tottenham striker was expected to lead the line for Gareth Southgate’s side at Wembley, but he sources claim he is set to miss the game after sustaining what is understood to be a muscular injury.
Kane will, for now, stay with the England squad but it remains to be seen if he is available for Wednesday’s game versus Denmark if he misses tonight’s game against Roberto Martinez’s side.
Gareth Southgate has been dealt an injury blow with Harry Kane suffering a muscular problem
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is primed to come in and lead the line and is in a rich vein of form
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who scored on his England debut in Thursday’s 3-0 win over Wales, will be hoping to deputise for Kane.
The news will come as a major blow to manager Gareth Southgate, who now fears going into a clash against the team ranked No 1 in the world without his captain and one of the most feared strikers on the planet.
The development will also frustrate Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who pleaded with Southgate to look after his star striker amid burn-out concerns following Spurs’ energy-sapping start to the season.
The England boss Southgate will recall his senior players for tonight’s clash Belgium.
Having named an experimental starting XI against Wales on Thursday night, England manager Southgate is set to make a raft of changes for tonight’s UEFA Nations League clash against Roberto Martinez’s side.
Jose Mourinho will be furious if Kane, who has played plenty of football, is seriously injured
The England striker is a major doubt for the Nations League showdown with Belgium
ENGLAND (3-4-3): Pickford; Walker, Maguire, Dier; Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Rice, Trippier; Mount, Calvert-Lewin, Rashford.
It is understood Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker is in line to start as one of the three centre backs in a 3-4-3 formation – a role he filled successfully during England’s euphoric run to the World Cup semi final in 2018.
He is expected to start alongside Harry Maguire and Eric Dier in defence, while Jordan Pickford is set to return in goal following Nick Pope’s impressive performance in the win over Ryan Giggs’ side.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is in line to play at right-wing back with Kieran Trippier, who captained the team on Thursday, expected to start on the opposite flank.
Jordan Henderson, who will captain the team if Kane is out, and Declan Rice should fill the two central midfield slots, while Marcus Rashford, fresh from being awarded an MBE, and Mason Mount are set to to play in advanced roles.
Kyle Walker is anticipated to start for England as one of the three central defenders
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