England releases Kane as Southgate job decision awaits

England interim coach Gareth Southgate has released Harry Kane from international duty just as the interim manager awaits news on whether the Football Association will appoint him as permanent England manager.

Kane, 23, was an unused substitute during England’s 3-0 victory against Scotland in their World Cup qualifier match.

“The sessions we’re going to do aren’t what Harry needs at this time,” said interim Southgate.

“It was never really my intention to start him in a game and I think it’s important that he gets a different training programme to what we’re going to follow over the next couple of days.”

Southgate also did not call up any forward replacement for Kane even as his last match as interim manager looms.

England will play against Spain in a friendly match in Wembley on Tuesday, after of which a FA committee will then make a decision on who will be given the permanent job – with former England Under-21 boss Southgate the heavy favourite.

“It will be important for me to know what I’m doing after the middle of November,” he said. “We’ve got a European Under-21 Championship to prepare for and the seniors have got their next round of qualifiers [in March].”

“Of course everybody is going to want to know, I guess, by the end of November, middle of December, where everything is heading so we can decide who is responsible for which parts of the organisation’s work.”

Southgate, a former England international, was effectively handed a four-game trial period by the FA after the abrupt end to Sam Allardyce’s 67-day spell in charge in September.

He has led the national team to seven points from a possible nine in World Cup qualifying – the Three Lions now leads Group F by two points following their win over Scotland.

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