By Alex Stevens

Daniel Sturridge will be given the chance to prove he’s still one of the country’s most lethal finishers in the World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Friday.

Sturridge is expected to start ahead of Harry Kane, with manager Gareth Southgate opting not to risk the Tottenham star after his return from injury.

Kane will hope to make an appearance from the bench as he seeks his sixth international goal in what is likely to be a highly-charged atmosphere at Wembley.

Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson are expected to join teammate Sturridge in the starting line-up, with Wayne Rooney skippering the side and providing support for the frontman.

Rooney will captain the side after being dropped for the 0-0 draw with Slovenia.

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling will play on the right, with Eric Dier and Henderson shielding England’s familiar back five.

Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Kyle Walker should take the wide spots, with Gary Cahill and John Stones in the centre.

Torino’s loanee Joe Hart is set to take his familiar place between the sticks, despite losing his Premier League spot in the Manchester City team.

England are top of Group F ahead of the game, with seven points from three games. Scotland are in fourth with four points and will be desperate to get something out of the game with the Auld Enemy.

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