IT is great to hear Marcus Rashford come out and say he wants to be England’s main striker.
But this is Harry Kane’s time to shine.
He deserves his chance to lead the line for England due to the sheer volume of Premier League goals he has scored in the last three years
Kane has netted 20-plus times in the top flight in three straight seasons and is still yet to have a sustained run as our No 1 striker, largely due to injury.
In fact, he has been missing for all six of Gareth Southgate’s games in charge.
But now he is fit, and having ended the season in such outstanding form for Tottenham, Kane has the opportunity to show he should be England’s top centre-forward for years to come.
And it didn’t work out for him in last summer’s Euros for whatever reason.
Yet people will forgive and forget that if he starts scoring goals at international level on a regular basis, which he is more than capable of doing.
And I would love it if he can carry on his Spurs form in an England shirt against Scotland on Saturday.
Rashford also ended the season very well for Manchester United.
And he is right to come out and say he wants to play down the middle for his country. I like the confidence in him.
I don’t see that having Kane and Rashford wanting to play in the same position is an issue at all. If anything, it is a good thing. It is great for competition and it will spur both players on.
Whether Gareth will want to play both of them down the middle together remains to be seen. I doubt he will.
But if he does do that, I don’t think that would be a problem either.
I think they probably can play together.
Otherwise, Rashford can start wide and come in, making those runs which we have seen him do effectively for United, using his pace.
Then let’s embrace the battle to see who should be our main centre-forward at the World Cup and further into the future.
Of course, for most of the past decade, Wayne Rooney has filled that position.
But it was the correct call by Gareth to leave him out of his squad.
Some people have been calling it a brave decision.
It wasn’t. It was just a sensible one.
He couldn’t put him in the squad because he hasn’t been playing.
Even Rooney himself would say he doesn’t deserve his spot.
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