By Dominic Toner
Paul Gascoigne has omitted Tottenham pair Harry Kane and Eric Dier from his preferred England starting XI.
The former England and Spurs midfielder has named his chosen side ahead of upcoming fixtures against Scotland and Spain.
Gareth Southgate’s host rivals Scotland on Friday in a World Cup qualifier before facing Spain in a friendly match.
Gascoigne has left out regular England starters Kane and Dier with Spurs’ Dele Alli understandably another absentee, but the latter is currently injured and unavailable for national selection.
He has revealed his team on his personal Twitter account and made some surprising selections, including Manchester United’s Phil Jones who is not in the squad.
Gascoigne has preferred Leicester forward Jamie Vardy in his side over attackers Kane, Marcus Rashford and Daniel Sturridge.
Kane has made 17 senior appearances for England and scored a moderate five goals, but the 23-year-old is expected to be lead the line for the long-term future.
He returned from a 10-game layout to score in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Sunday and is now hoping to impress for his national side.
Spurs’ versatile youngster Dier has also been snubbed by Gascoigne despite having 13 appearances for England.
The 22-year-old has featured at both centre-back and in midfield this season, as well as playing in all four of England’s matches at the European Championships.
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