Outrageous' to say England don't care - Southgate


Henderson, 27, captained the team in England's 4-0 win away to Malta on Friday and Southgate said he would lead the team out against Slovakia at Wembley.

With ten goals in 20 games, Kane has compared his scoring record to that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the early stages of their worldwide career.

It is more than 50 years since England last won a major trophy - when they triumphed on home soil to lift the 1966 World Cup - and many members of Gareth Southgate's squad were involved in the team's woeful exit from Euro 2016 which culminated with a humiliating defeat by unheralded Iceland.

"Danny can play a couple of different roles, which makes him a valuable asset".

'I was speaking to Spain's coach Julen Lopetegui recently and he told me how lucky I was to have Harry, ' said the England manager when asked about Kane, who averages a goal every other game at worldwide level.

"It's one in every two-and-a-half games and that stands up against most players really".

And Southgate wants to see his team put on a more entertaining display when they host Slovakia, their principal rivals in Group F.

England boss Gareth Southgate said: "He knew this morning how many goals in games he had - and also how many Ronaldo and Messi had at this point".

Friday's 4-0 victory in Malta included one goal in the 85th minute and two in stoppage time - disguising what had been a turgid display against a side ranked 190th in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association. He had that when we weren't picking him in the under-21s.

"Harry is still in the early stages of his career, but he's top scorer in the league two years running and in a really good place". Why can't that happen moving forward? I'm able to contextualise and rationalise it.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart will keep his place against Slovakia, while Marcus Rashford may have forced his way into the starting line-up.

"We are playing good opposition so we have to make sure we are tactically prepared, which we will be, but also have belief in the team we have got", Southgate said. We know the task we have.

Victory for England would all but ensure their qualification for the 2018 World Cup, putting the Three Lions five points above their rivals with only games against Slovenia and Lithuania remaining.