CHIEF football writer Harry Harris agrees with editor Dave Smith and Zapsportz pal Kerry Dixon in calling England boss Gareth Southgate to pair Jamie Vardy with Marcus Rashford.
With the likes of Harry Kane, a nailed-on choice when fit, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge also missing, the new England boss’s striking options are somewhat limited.
He has Nathan Redmond and Jermain Defoe at his disposal but, in our view, neither will start. But will provide interesting options.
Here’s the team Harry thinks should start against great rivals Germany on Wednesday. Whether there will be changes for the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at the weekend remains to be seen.
Kyle Walker, Luke Shaw, Gary Cahill, John Stones
Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford
Meanwhile Defoe is in line to win his 56th cap in Wednesday’s friendly at world champions Germany – more than three years after his last England outing.
His contribution will no doubt come from the bench, as we have predicted, but at the age of 34 and having been off the international scene for some time, he will take that.
He says that he never gave up hope of an England recall and he says that to be part of a World Cup finals squad would be ‘a dream’.
According to a number of the players, Southgate issued an impassioned rallying call when he brought the squad together.
Let’s hope it has the desired effect over the next few days.