England's Harry Kane wants to start vs. Belgium as Gareth Southgate considers rotating squad
Harry Kane has said he is keen to get the chance to continue his prolific scoring form when England take on Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday with Gareth Southgate considering his team selection.
The two sides have qualified from Group G with a game to spare, and both Roberto Martinez and Southgate indicated they could rotate heavily in order to protect players carrying injuries or at risk of suspension.
Kane shot to the top of the World Cup scoring charts with his hat trick against Panama on Sunday, and the England captain is eager to add to his tally -- but insisted he will respect whatever Southgate decides.
"Not many players score a hat trick in the World Cup, so I'm extremely proud of that," he said. "We are extremely proud of each other really. It's not every time you go through after two games, so we're happy with that.
"I want to continue, the form I'm in, but whatever decision the gaffer makes we'll get behind. That's his decision, I guess, but obviously I want to play. The most important thing is always winning games, and if my goals help my team win then that's the perfect situation.
"There's a long way to go and a lot of good players just behind me [on the scoring list]. Hopefully I can just continue and take it into Thursday's game."
England and Belgium are level on points and also boast identical goal difference after two matches, meaning the outcome of Thursday's game will determine who finishes as the winner of Group G.
Germany and Brazil's struggles mean qualifying in second could actually yield a more favourable knockout path on paper, but Kane was dismissive of the notion that England will do anything other than try to make it three wins from three against Belgium.
"It's important we finish top," he said. "We're ahead by a yellow card or something but we want to go and try to win the game and take the momentum into the knockout stages."
Southgate added that he will heavily consider his team selection in the coming days, and has been boosted by Dele Alli's return to training.
"I think that's what we've got to do over the next 36 hours or so, to decide what our priority is," he said. "I have complete trust in all the players. At this moment my thoughts are with the players who haven't played as much, but I have to consider everything before I decide upon my team."
Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Liam_Twomey.