Injured Vardy out of England squad


Gordon Strachan looked on the brink of losing his job as Scotland manager after a dismal start to the qualifying campaign for Russian Federation 2018 with a 1-1 draw against Lithuania followed by 3-0 defeats by Slovakia and England.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is keen to demonstrate his leadership skills for England ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Scotland.

Gareth Southgate's side have won four of their five qualifying games so far to sit top of Group F and they will take another huge step towards qualification for Russian Federation 2018 if they come away with all three points this weekend.

"Had we taken our chances we could have been victorious at Wembley".

"We believe we have put in place a robust security plan and, as far as that plan is concerned, the police are happy to police that set of agreements and the match will go ahead with UEFA supervision at five o'clock. We have worked with them to get to a pragmatic solution".

"But we've got umpteen players for Scotland in forward areas who are younger and playing at a decent level".

Vardy started on the bench for the Group F win against Lithuania at Wembley in March but came on to score England's second goal in the 2-0 win, his sixth for his country. It will be about which team has that desire to get on the ball and make things happen.

Depending on results elsewhere, England could significantly dent Scotland's hopes of qualifying for Russian Federation next summer but Rashford says that's not on their minds. There was no fear and there is nothing to fear.

"England are favourites. They have had terrific group stages of late".

He added: "It helps as we play with each other, train with each other day in, day out so we know each other very well on the pitch but off the pitch also".