HYS: Should England rest Kane against Belgium?

Harry Kane put himself one goal clear of Cristiano Ronaldo – who was lucky to escape a red card in Portugal’s final group game against Iran – and Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot with a hat-trick against Panama.

That cruise into the last 16 of the World Cup has presented Gareth Southgate with a selection dilemma ahead of England’s final Group G match against Belgium.

Does he make changes to the lineup to keep his players fresh ahead as he plans for a long run into the tournament or does he make minimal changes to attempt to maintain momentum going into the knockout rounds?

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Where Kane is concerned, that choice boils down to a choice between protecting England’s key asset from injury in what is essentially a dead rubber or playing him as often as he can to keep his goalscoring form going.

It is a tough one, because if Kane does get injured playing in a reasonably worthless match, Southgate could end up with egg on his face.

So, what would you do? Rest Kane and keep him fresh for the knockouts or keep playing him although there is the opportunity to give him over a week of rest?

Let us know by voting in the poll below and keep your eyes peeled on Thursday for the result…