England head coach Gareth Southgate insists national team captain Harry Kane needs rest after picking up an ankle injury earlier this month.
The Spurs star suffered the injury during the club’s 1-0 home loss to Manchester United in the Premier League.
Kane played 48 games for Tottenham last season, as well as 11 for England. He has already featured in 36 matches for club and country this campaign, and Southgate believes the striker may be in need of a well-deserved break.
He told Sky Sports: “He has had a lot of matches over a two-year period now and inevitably at times the body takes care of itself. It gives you a sign that it is ready for a rest.”
“He will use that time wisely and I’m already aware that he is focused on coming back as quickly as possible.”
“He is determined to be back helping Tottenham as quickly as possible and I’m sure they and England will get a player who is refreshed from that little break and stronger again and hungry to go.”
The Three Lions next fixtures are against the Czech Republic on March 22 and Montenegro on March 25 in their first two qualifiers for the 2020 UEFA European Championships.