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Euro 2016: Harry Kane back on big stage and hungry to shoot down Iceland

By Mark Ogden

Published 25/06/2016

Net gain: Harry Kane is hoping to find his shooting boots
Net gain: Harry Kane is hoping to find his shooting boots

Harry Kane is set to reclaim his starting position for England's Euro 2016 clash against Iceland, with Roy Hodgson ready to drop Jamie Vardy for the second round tie in Nice.

Kane, last season's 25-goal Premier League top scorer, was relegated to the substitutes' bench by Hodgson for the Group B encounter with Slovakia last Monday after failing to score against Russia and Wales in England's previous two group games.

Despite the Tottenham forward's inability to break the deadlock in the 0-0 stalemate against Slovakia after entering the fray midway through the second-half, Hodgson is keen to restore Kane's height and presence to England's front line against the well-organised defensive unit of Iceland, who qualified as runners-up in Group F with a dramatic stoppage time victory against Austria on Wednesday.

Vardy, who scored in the 2-1 win against Wales after being used as a second-half substitute, will make way against Iceland, with Hodgson preparing to hand Daniel Sturridge a further opportunity up front.

Goals have proved hard to come by for Kane in France, the Tottenham forward has yet to score but he said: "I've not a clear chance where I'd say, 'I'm disappointed I missed that. I wish I'd scored that one'. But you just have to be ready for when that chance comes.

"When teams are dropping off, it's difficult, especially as a striker. You always have two centre-halves behind you and maybe a sitting midfielder as well.

"It's a bit more difficult creating chances, but we can do better as a team in the final third as a whole: crosses better; final passes better; slipping players through.

"We can get a bit better on that and, if we do, it'll be alright. But I want to do the best I can. I want to score goals, I want to win football matches. Hopefully, if called upon on Monday, I can do that, get on the scoresheet and win the game. If not, my confidence won't drop.

"I won't worry. I'll still try and get into the right positions to score goals."

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, who has started all three of England's games so far in France, is set to retain his place, despite suffering a knock to his right ankle in training in Chantilly on Friday.

Lallana returned to the team hotel with an ice-pack on his ankle, but the injury is understood to be no troubling than a knock.

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