England’s friendly against Spain is fast approaching but the squad has suffered it’s first casualty with caretaker manager Gareth Southgate releasing Tottenham striker Harry Kane to assist with his recovery from injury.
Kane was selected for Friday’s game against Scotland despite only recently returning to action duties after damaging his ankle.
Despite being selected for Friday’s game against Scotland the Tottenham front man never saw any game time. Now, with the Spurs front man out of the squad it leaves open the possibility of a replacement being brought into the squad.
So far, Southgate has not called up a replacement and there is still a relatively strong front line at his disposal.
Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Theo Walcott are all available and it is likely that most if not all of them will play some part in the game against the Spaniards.
Southgate remains the caretaker manager but is expected to be given the job on a full-time basis at some point before England's next qualifier next March.
He has received much support form pundits and players alike and remains undefeated since taking over from Sam Allardyce in September.
Former England international, Tony Cottee has been vocal in his support and in an interview on Soccer Saturday said:
“Gareth has got experience at tournaments. He's done it with the U21s and that is a great thing to have on his CV. It's important we give him the job."
Many though will point to his decision to pick Harry Kane only to release him soon after as a sign that he has fallen into the trap of picking names as opposed to players on form.
Whether he is given the job or not, the next few games will be key and he will need to prove he is the right man for the job.