By Dominic Toner
Harry Redknapp believes that Tottenham forward Harry Kane should start for England against Scotland.
The 23-year-old has been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad and is available for selection in the World Cup qualifier on Friday.
Kane has recently returned from a 10-game layout and marked his return with a goal in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Sunday.
England face Spain in an international friendly after the Scotland clash and Southgate may not be prepared to risk starting Kane following his recent return to fitness.
Former Spurs manager Redknapp claims that Kane should lead the line for the Lions if he feels he is ready because he is the nation’s best forward option.
“Well, Harry is the best striker England have and if there is any chance he is ready, he should start against Scotland,” Redknapp wrote in the Evening Standard. “Some players come back after an injury and need a month’s training before they’re ready. Harry is not like that.
“He can cause Scotland a lot of problems and provide a real threat in their area if we can provide good service.”
Kane is regarded as the first-choice striker at White Hart Lane and the team struggled for goals in his absence, after he sustained ankle ligament damage against Sunderland in September.
The forward has proven to be a prolific goal scorer in recent seasons for Spurs, scoring 67 goals in 134 appearances across all competitions.
He won the golden boot award last season for his 25 Premier League goals and will hope to replicate the good form for England.
Kane currently has a moderate goal tally for England, which stands at five goals in 17 senior appearances.
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