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Rashford, Alli, Sterling and Lallana must help Kane - Southgate

Mark Ogden discusses the frustration of England fans as they watched their team's performance against Slovenia at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate has called on England's other forwards to share the goal-scoring with in-form Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Kane scored England's only goals in the 1-0 World Cup qualifying wins against Slovenia and Lithuania this week to make it 14 goals in 12 matches for club and country this season but the England boss knows he cannot do it alone at next summer's tournament in Russia.

"What's important is that the likes of [Marcus] Rashford, [Dele] Alli and [Raheem] Sterling, [Adam] Lallana can also provide those goals," Southgate said. "We have to get goals from other areas. It's fantastic if we have a centre forward like Harry but what if we don't have him for a game?"

Having named Manchester United teenager Rashford, Southgate also mentioned Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge, suggesting he already has his forwards in mind for the 23-man World Cup squad, but said it was impossible to drop Kane on current form.

Harry Kane celebrates scoring the opening goal
Harry Kane has scored five goals for England during World Cup qualifying.

"Sometimes the others need an opportunity," Southgate added. "I think [Jamie] Vardy is an important player for us as well, and will score goals, and give us a different threat with his pace. We have goal scorers. It would be illogical not to play Harry at this time, which means others aren't able to fill the No. 9 role. Were they given that opportunity, Vardy has scored in games for us. Rashford certainly will.

"I agree it is positioning on the field with Vardy, Kane, Rashford particular where there is the most intense competition we've got, [Danny] Welbeck you could add into that as well. In terms of Daniel, it's like a couple of others, they need to be playing regularly with the club and playing as well as possible."

Southgate confirmed he would continue with the three-at-the-back formation England used in Vilnius, admitting that some players would miss out on a starting spot in the 3-4-2-1 or 3-5-2 system.

"We have to focus on a system and really try to hone it, work on it, improve it, that might mean we might have to leave some good players out. But we have to start to make those decisions over the next couple of camps," he said.

Southgate also praised Harry Winks after the 21-year-old made an immediate impact on his England debut in Lithuania on Sunday.

He said: "Winks is a real plus because we were thinking people like [Fabian] Delph would come in to that, but Winks was one we thought might take longer but today was the perfect game to give Winks a feel of playing for England. But I am also conscious he's a very young player and at a very formative stage of his career."

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.


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