REVEALED: Arsenal duo Emile Smith Rowe and Aaron Ramsdale are set to make their full England debuts against San Marino tonight as the Three Lions look to seal a spot at the 2022 World Cup
- Aaron Ramsdale and Emile Smith Rowe are set to start for England on Monday
- The Arsenal pair have impressed Gareth Southgate ahead of San Marino clash
- Smith Rowe came on as a sub against Albania while Ramsdale has never played
Arsenal duo Aaron Ramsdale and Emile Smith Rowe are set to be handed their full England debuts in San Marino tonight.
As reported by Sportsmail on Sunday, the pair were both under serious consideration to start in Serravalle and it is understood the Gunners duo have been given the nod by Gareth Southgate.
Smith Rowe made his senior bow on Friday night, coming on as a late substitute in the win over Albania but he is now in line for his first start.
Arsenal duo Aaron Ramsdale (L) and Emile Smith Rowe (R) are set to make their first England starts against San Marino on Monday night
Gareth Southgate had been considering the pair and will now give them their chance in a key World Cup qualifier
Ramsdale is yet to make a single appearance for England but is set to break his duck tonight.
Southgate is considering sticking with a back-three; Harry Maguire, Conor Coady and Tyrone Mings are all in contention to start – while Trent Alexander-Arnold could start at right-wing back.
Harry Kane is hopeful of leading the attack after pleading with Southgate to start in San Marino as the England captain hunts down Wayne Rooney’s all-time goalscoring record.
The Three Lions boss is set to name a new-look side but captain Harry Kane has pleaded with his coach to start him against the minnows
Tottenham striker Kane took his international tally to 44 with a hat-trick against Albania on Friday night and is setting his sights on another goal glut in Serravalle tonight against the lowest ranked team in world football.
His goals at Wembley last week saw the 28-year-old take his number of competitive goals for England to 39, overtaking Rooney’s previous record of 37.
But Kane is now eyeing legend Rooney’s all-time record of 53, while he is also in touching distance of third-placed Gary Lineker (48) and Bobby Charlton (49) in second.
The Tottenham star is keen to play as many games as possible as he looks to break more records on the international stage
Kane has not started in either of the three matches against minnows San Marino and Andorra during World Cup qualifying so far – but Southgate has revealed that his skipper is begging to play in England’s final Qatar 2022 group match knowing full well that goal scoring opportunities are likely to be plentiful.
‘He’s quick to let me know he hasn’t played in those games (against Andorra and San Marino),’ said Southgate.
‘For sure, he is keen to play. He wants to play. We have got to make sure we get this game won and we still have to try to qualify for the World Cup.’
Indeed, Kane is expected to play in San Marino tonight in a game that, if he were to score, would take his 2021 international tally to 13 meaning no other player would have scored more England goals in a calendar year.