England manager Roy Hodgson was photographed in training holding notes, when he put the squad through it’s paces, of what looked suspiciously like a scribbled teamsheet with the names of captain Wayne Rooney and Tottenham’s Harry Kane circled.
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It would be equally as likely for the notations to have no relevance to a possible England starting team against Lithuania, as the other names did not seem to amount to a formation.
That said, with Daniel Sturridge having pulled out of the squad, it looks reasonably likely that Kane could be given his bow this Friday in a striking partnership which has captured the imagination of English football fans.
The Premier League’s man of the moment was said to have settled into life with the national team fairly well, thanks to help from his Tottenham team-mates and the spirit of camaraderie built by Roy Hodgson.
Many established internationals have welcomed his arrival into the squad, Gary Cahill saying, “As a young English player playing at a top club in the Premier League what he has done this season has been fantastic. He can hold the ball up, he runs in behind, he has two good feet, he can head, he can finish, he has a bit of pace, physically he is strong enough – so he has all the attributes.
“To meet up with the England squad for your first time in the seniors off the back of a hat-trick…his confidence must be sky high. He is in a good place at the minute.”