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Harry Kane to Be Absent from England Team, Ollie Watkins and Ivan Toney to Start

Ivan Toney (Via Brentford FC/Twitter)

England manager Gareth Southgate sees Harry Kane’s absence as an opportunity for Ollie Watkins and Ivan Toney to showcase their talents in the team’s attacking lineup.

With England set to face Brazil and Belgium, Kane’s likely absence due to an ankle injury presents a chance for other players to step up.

Southgate confirmed that Cole Palmer and Jordan Henderson will also miss the upcoming matches, with Kane being “extremely doubtful” for the clash against Belgium. This situation opens the door for Watkins from Aston Villa or Toney from Brentford to make their mark.

Southgate expressed, “It’s a brilliant opportunity for other players.”

England National Team (Via FIFA/Twitter)

Regarding the competition between Toney and Watkins for a spot in the squad, Southgate explained that it depends on various factors, including the injury status of other players and the versatility of the squad.

Both players have unique attributes, and Southgate acknowledges the significance of this opportunity for them.

Looking at the bigger picture, with Southgate’s contract expiring later in the year, these upcoming matches are crucial for England’s preparations for the Euros.

Harry Kane (Via SpursOffical/Twitter)

Selecting the right players will be vital for England’s chances of success in the tournament. Southgate’s past achievements, including guiding England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and the final of the delayed European Championships, highlight the team’s potential.

Following the matches against Brazil and Belgium, England will have two more warm-up fixtures against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland in June before the Euros kick off later that month.

The team’s group-stage matches against Serbia, Denmark, and Slovenia will provide further opportunities for Southgate to fine-tune his squad ahead of the tournament.

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