Roy Hodgson needs to start this England XI tonight

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Life really couldn't get much better for Harry Kane at the moment. Whilst some may dispute over the beauty of his 'wag', he currently tops the table as the leading scorer in the Premier League, despite only being fully introduced to a Tottenham Hotspur line-up in November.

On top of that he also got the nation in a social media buzz courtesy of his goal against Lithuania, which came just 79 seconds into his England debut. But the huge question still remains unanswered - will Kane start against Italy?

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If I was Roy Hodgson, there would be no doubt in my mind that the 21-year-old should be on the pitch from kick-off. So, with Kane likely to make his full England first team debut, what will the rest of the team look like?


The injuries to both Ben Foster and Fraser Forster couldn't have come at a better time for Jack Butland and Robert Green, because their chances of deputising are now very high. It's a tough choice to make for the boss as both have incredible talent.

Green is having a magnificent season with Queens Park Rangers and, despite their poor form, some of the saves he has pulled off have been simply outstanding. Now is his chance to prove his worth to the nation after a shambles in South Africa some five years ago, whilst Butland awaits his approval from the fans.


It goes without saying that Nathaniel Clyne is a worthy winner of the right-back spot. Unless of course Hodgson has a mental breakdown prior to naming his line-up, because I can't think of one better English full-back at the moment. The Saints defender is bursting with enthusiasm and is a real treat to watch.


Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka both too deserve their place in the squad down to their hard work for their respective clubs. Not only are they having brilliant seasons, they have proved themselves formidably at international level.


Kieran Gibbs can relax a little of constantly battling for a place in the starting line-up. Whilst he remains the outcast at the Emirates, left in the shadow of Nacho Monreal, the 25-year-old is scrapping with Luke Shaw in the England team. However, the Manchester United full-back has picked up an injury and Gibbs should get his chance.


Another Arsenal star who seems to be unfairly fighting for an opportunity for both club and country is Theo Walcott. The injury of Raheem Sterling may open the door for someone whose own injury has almost destroyed his football career.


Ryan Mason has seen a gap to step up to the mark for Tottenham Hotspur and hasn't he taken it well? He may not be blessed with the 'goal every game' attribute like his team mate, Kane, but his creative ability is infectious to watch. Due to this being a friendly, he should start alongside Jordan Henderson in my opinion. 


Andros Townsend may seem like a ridiculous player to put on the left hand side, but instead of cutting inside and unleashing a left footed laser from the right, I think his best lies in crossing a ball, especially now that the towering presence of Kane will fill the opposition's penalty area.


Wayne Rooney is performing at the best possible level for both club and country this season and with just two goals to go until equalling Bobby Charlton's landmark record as England's all time top scorer, how could you possibly leave him out? He and Kane need to be given a chance together.

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