As the international break has come around once again and England’s finest prepare for their qualifier against Lithuania and friendly versus Italy, here are four things to keep an eye out for:
Can Harry Kane take his form onto the international stage?
Harry Kane has had the type of breakthrough season every player dreams about. Having started the season as Tottenham’s third choice striker and being limited to opportunities in cup competitions, Kane has forced his way into the starting line up and has become the talisman for his club.
Kane has scored 29 goals in all competitions this season and has earned Tottenham 22 points along the way, Kane has rightly received his first England call up. The clear choice for Premier League Young Player of the Year and some people’s shout for Player of the Year has made many people excited once again about the countries prospects.
With a debut looming can Kane take his form into the England team? If so then the future does look very bright indeed
Can Clyne make right back his own?
After an impressive display in his last game, Nathaniel Clyne looks set to start right back against Lithuania on Friday night. With competition for his starting position seemingly limited to injury prone Kyle Walker and Glen Johnson, as well as promising Under 21 Calum Chambers, the next couple games is a real opportunity for Clyne to make the position his own for the campaign ahead,
Who plays at center back?
With Gary Cahill set to start in defence again the question of who joins him is raised again. Phil Jagielka has experienced a difficult campaign with some arguing that his best days are behind him whilst Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have both had inconsistent seasons of their own.
Smalling’s dominant display against Liverpool may get him the nod but that decision is firmly up to Roy Hodgson and his staff.
Rooney approaching milestone
Wayne Rooney is only 3 goals of matching Sir Bobby Charlton’s all time top goalscorer record and with a home fixture against Lithuania first up, who would rule it out? Rooney will get chances as he always does and being England’s penalty and occasionally free kick taker could this be his chance to eclipse Sir Bobby.