By Noel Whelan

28th Nov, 2022 | 1:56pm

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Noel Whelan has insisted Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane must start against Wales on Tuesday (29 November) to “kick-start his World Cup”.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 29-year-old will be “desperate” to play in the final group game despite an ankle injury scare last week.

Kane played 90 minutes as England played out a dull 0-0 draw with the USA on Friday (25 November) – meaning Gareth Southgate’s side must avoid a four-goal defeat in order to secure safe passage to the knockout stages.

The Three Lions captain is yet to score at this World Cup – after waiting until the Round of 16 in Euro 2020 to open his account.

According to the Daily Mail (28 November), Jordan Henderson is set to replace Jude Bellingham against Wales – a sign that Southgate is willing to shuffle the pack for the final group match.

Kane is two goals shy of equalling Wayne Rooney and becoming England’s joint highest-ever goalscorer.

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Whelan suggested the Tottenham star could get 45 minutes of action as he looks to close in on that record.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think he’ll start.

“I’d give him 45 minutes to really try and get that elusive goal which can get this World Cup campaign up and running for him. Callum Wilson could then come on for the second half if the result is looking good.

“I think he’ll be desperate to play and kick-start his World Cup.

“It happened the same at the Euros. We waited for a goal, and he was in fine form by the end of the tournament.

“I think Southgate has to play him. He’s the captain and the talisman of England – and it’s still a big game which we have to win.”

In other news, expert tells Tottenham to U-turn on Hugo Lloris replacement after update from Italy.