Robbie Fowler surprisingly reveals who he would partner Harry Kane with versus Tunisia

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Gareth Southgate's potential starting line-up against Tunisia has been the talk of the country for the last few weeks.

Southgate went with his tried and trusted three-at-the-back formation in the friendly victories over Nigeria at Wembley and Costa Rica at Leeds United's Elland Road, whilst giving the majority of the 23-man squad a run out of some sort.

Harry Kane will skipper the Three Lions in Russia, and is a guaranteed starter when the group stage gets underway against Tunisia on Monday.

The Tottenham striker was flanked Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard against Nigeria, Kane netting the second goal in a 2-1 win against the Super Eagles.

The majority want to see Sterling's club form transfer over to the international stage, the Manchester City forward only finding the net twice in 38 games for his country.

Lingard notched 13 times in all competitions for Manchester United this season, but isn't an out-and-out striker, whereas a player like Jamie Vardy or Marcus Rashford would arguably be more suited to playing with Kane if Southgate goes for a 3-5-2 rather than a 3-4-3 formation.

Robbie Fowler however sees things differently, the 26-cap former striker believes that a different man should be partnering the Spurs sharp-shooter when kick-off arrives.

"Football is a science as well as an art these days, with statistics playing an ­increasingly important factor," states Fowler in his Daily Mirror column.

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"Yet, as a striker, ‘goals scored’ was the only stat that ever ­mattered to me... which is why I believe Gareth Southgate HAS to find a place for Danny ­Welbeck in his starting XI ­tomorrow night.

"He’s actually the top scorer in the squad, and his 16 goals in 39 ­appearances for a player who often starts out wide is­ ­seriously impressive.

"For me, he’s one of those players who just fits ­international ­football."

Despite having an impressive record for his country, Welbeck didn't shine so brightly last season at club level for Arsenal, scoring just five league goals in 28 appearances.


Welbeck however did net in the 2-0 victory over Costa Rica last week after coming off the bench.

The general feeling amongst the average England fan is the younger duo of Sterling and Rashford will be the more effective than Welbeck, more-so the former who has had a remarkable season at club level.

All eyes are now firmly pointed towards Volgograd where Southgate's men are looking to prove any doubters wrong and leave the ghost of Iceland from 2016 behind them.

Robbie Fowler
Gareth Southgate
Marcus Rashford
Jamie Vardy
Harry Kane
Raheem Sterling
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