By Emma Sanders
England fans have reacted with anger and frustration on Twitter after it was revealed Harry Kane has been released from the squad ahead of the international friendly against Spain.
Kane was on the bench for England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Friday night but will not play another game for his country in 2016.
The striker was absent for two months after picking up ankle ligament damage during Tottenham’s 1-0 victory against Sunderland but returned to the side against Arsenal last Sunday.
The FA’s official website revealed it was a pre-match agreement for Kane to return to White Hart Lane following the clash against Scotland and many fans are unhappy at his initial inclusion in the squad.
Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney were all selected ahead of Charlie Austin and Jermain Defoe who have been in bright form so far this season for their Premier League clubs.
Defoe has netted six goals in 11 league appearances for Sunderland while Austin has scored five in 10 games, which is two more than the total scored by the five strikers Gareth Southgate selected.
News of Kane’s return therefore has sent Twitter into a frenzy, with many fans voicing their frustration at Southgate’s decision to select the Tottenham man despite featuring just once in the last two months.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
So Harry Kane is released? What was the point of selecting him? Charlie Austin sat at home doing nothing.
— Jamie (@thejamieherd) November 13, 2016
What was the point of Harry Kane even being in the England squad
— Beth Smith (@Beth_Smith05) November 13, 2016
Harry Kane left England squad. Good chance for Marcus Rashford on Tuesday
— Sir Geezer Gaz (@GeezerGaz1) November 13, 2016
why do we call up players that are not going to play? Pointless.
— Andy Davis (@andydavis1978) November 13, 2016
Shouldn't have been allowed to join the squad in the first place.
— Freddie (@FreddieNx) November 13, 2016
@talkSPORTDrive so other English strikers on form were sacrificed for and unfit Harry Kane! Southgates just a YES man
— Jord (@Safetyjord) November 13, 2016
In other Tottenham news, this Spurs midfielder has returned to White Hart Lane following a fresh injury blow.