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Who could replace Harry Kane at Euro 2020?

David Nugent in Editorial, European Championships 17 Jan 2020

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According to a report from Talk Sport, Tottenham and England captain Harry Kane could be in danger of missing Euro 2020. The striker is currently sidelined by a hamstring injury and is reportedly pencilled in for a return in April/May by Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.

However, the Portuguese boss also recently stated the 26-year-old may not return until next season. If Kane does miss out on England’s Euro 2020 squad, then here are a few strikers who could replace the 26-year-old:

Tammy Abraham

The young Chelsea striker has certainly made his mark this season for the Blues. Leading the Chelsea forward line, the 22-year-old has scored 13 goals and produced three assists in the top-flight this season. The youngster had also been prolific at Aston Villa on loan in the Championship. However, this season looks to be the youngster’s breakthrough campaign when it comes to playing at the top level of football.

Marcus Rashford

Rashford is another youngster thriving in the Premier League, having scored 14 goals and produced four assists in the English top-flight. The 22-year-old has also already made 38 appearances for the Three Lions, scoring a respectable ten goals.

Much of the youngster’s international appearances have come playing out wide, as have many of his appearances for Manchester United this season. It is still debatable whether his best position is a central forward or out wide. Barring injury he will be one of the leading contenders to replace Kane as England’s main striker.

Jamie Vardy

The Leicester forward retired from international football in August 2018 after 26 appearances and seven goals for the national team. He did, however, tell England boss Gareth Southgate that he would return if there was an injury crisis.

The 33-year-old would certainly be in the Three Lions squad on form and merit, as the experienced is the Premier League’s top scorer with an impressive 17 goals and four assists this season. Whether Vardy would return to the international fold is unclear.

Danny Ings

The Southampton forward is enjoying the most prolific campaign of his career in the Premier League, having scored 14 times and produced one assist. The 27-year-old’s goals have powered the Saints away from the relegation zone in recent weeks.

Ings has made just one international appearance, way back in 2015. However, injury problems have hampered his chances of another call-up. Ings would be highly unfortunate not to get in Gareth Southgate’s next squad for a friendly game with Italy in March. He is currently an outsider to be England’s first choice this season.

Raheem Sterling

The Manchester City forward has spent much of his career as a winger. However, he has on occasion played as a central striker for both club and country. It seems unlikely the former Liverpool star will start Euro 2020 as a central striker, though. His pace would certainly prove to be a great asset on the counter-attack.

Outsiders

The likes of Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood have made good impressions of late in the Premier League. However, both youngsters seem unlikely to make the Euro 2020 squad, let alone be first-choice in attack.

England one of the favourites to win Euro 2020

England are one of the favourites to win Euro 2020 at odds of 4/1. With or without Harry Kane, Southgate’s team should mount a strong challenge for the trophy later this year. It would be interesting to see who would come into the starting line-up if Kane is out. At the moment, though, it remains to be seen if the 26-year-old will be in England’s starting line-up at Euro 2020.

Who would be a good replacement for Harry Kane at Euro 2020?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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