Harry Kane will be desperate to lift the Golden Boot come the end of this World Cup, and thus England’s playoff with Belgium on Saturday probably has more significance to the Tottenham star than most of those who will be involved in it.
But the England striker’s fitness heading into the 3pm kickoff still isn’t quite clear. He looked jaded in extra time against Colombia and Croatia, and hasn’t actually scored from open play since the Group Stages. Manager Gareth Southgate hasn’t exactly cleared up the situation either.
So, England fans, who do you think should replace the Spurs ace – who Transfermarkt value at £135million – if he’s not fit enough to start against Belgium? Perhaps the most obvious candidate is Marcus Rashford, Southgate’s most frequently-used substitute at the tournament alongside Eric Dier.
But Jamie Vardy is a potent weapon as well, provided he’s given the right service, and in terms of replicating Kane’s hold-up play – which has been crucial to bringing Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard into the game – Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck is arguably an even better option.
His strike-rate for England too is nothing to be sniffed at with 16 goals from 40 caps. Who would you choose then, Three Lions supporters? Let us know by voting below…