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Harry Kane's injury absence is a major concern for England ahead of Euro 2020... his presence DOUBLES Gareth Southgate's side's goal threat and his are big boots to fill for the likes of Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham

Harry Kane is unlikely to return to Tottenham training until April at the earliest The striker has a hamstring tear and may not feature again for Spurs this seasonIt is a major blow for Jose Mourinho, but also for England and Gareth SouthgateThe numbers show that the Three Lions are far more effective with Kane playing

Jose Mourinho delivered the news this week that every Tottenham fan feared, but the ramifications of Harry Kane's stint on the sidelines will be felt far beyond north London. 

The striker tore his hamstring during defeat by Southampton on New Year's Day and the original prognosis of a six-week absence proved far too optimistic. 

Four months is the minimum time it will take Kane to return to Spurs training. Getting him back on the pitch will take even longer, as his manager confirmed this week.  

Harry Kane's injury absence is a major concern for England ahead of Euro 2020... his presence DOUBLES Gareth Southgate's side's goal threat and his are big boots to fill for the likes of Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham

England are sweating on the fitness of Harry Kane after he was ruled out until mid-April 

The statistics show that England are a much more potent force when Kane is leading the line

'We expect him to be out until mid-April, end of April, May, next season. I don't know,' admitted Mourinho.

It is a huge blow for Spurs in their quest for a top-four finish in the Premier League. But it is just as big a blow to England and their Euro 2020 hopes. 

Kane's importance to Gareth Southgate's squad has been plain to see, with the captain at talismanic figure as they reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018.

The 26-year-old left that tournament with the golden boot after his six goals in Russia, and his 32 goals in 45 games have already lifted him to No 6 on his country's all-time top scorer list. 

There is further evidence, too, that his presence on the field is key to success for the Three Lions. 

Under Gareth Southgate, with Kane in the side England have scored an impressive 71 goals in 28 games. That equates to an average of 2.5 goals a game.  

That is more than double their record without the Tottenham forward in the side, with only 16 goals scored in the 13 matches Southgate's side have played without the No 10 since he took charge in 2016. 

Kane's injury leaves boss Gareth Southgate with a conundrum ahead of Euro 2020

With Kane England Under SouthgateWithout Kane
71Goals For16
2.5Avg. Goals For1.2
28Goals Against5
1Avg. Goals Against0.4
 64 per centWin Percentage46 per cent

There is a stronger emphasis on defensive duties when he is absent, too. On average England will concede a goal a game when Kane takes to the pitch, but that drops to just 0.4 per match when he doesn't. 

Most telling though, is England's win percentage with the Spurs man up top. Southgate has won 64 per cent of games in which he's been able to call on the striker.

When absent, that drops to 46 per cent, with England winning just six of the thirteen games he's missed.

It is the type of goals he scores too that make him such a difficult figure to replace.

His late header against Tunisia in Russia set the tone for a memorable World Cup campaign, while it was his late intervention against Croatia that sent England into the Nations League finals.

Though his are big boots to fill, Southgate does have a number of options. 

One option is Marcus Rashford, who has been in fine form for Manchester United this season, scoring 14 times in the Premier League. With 38 caps already to his name, he would appear the most likely star to be called upon to lead the line should Kane's lack of fitness prevent him from starting matches this summer. 

Marcus Rashford is one possibility to lead the line in the absence of the Tottenham striker 

Tammy Abraham has been in impressive form for Chelsea in the Premier League this season 

Rashford is by no means the only Englishman bang in form either in the top flight.

Tammy Abraham has enjoyed a breakthrough season under Frank Lampard at Chelsea, with the 22-year-old scoring 13 times in his 22 appearances. He grabbed his first England goal against Montenegro last November and will be hungry for more. 

Another name pushing for a place in Southgate's squad is Danny Ings. Having finally overcome a series of injury problems which hampered his time at Liverpool, the 27-year-old has netted 14 times for Southampton to help drag them out of the relegation quagmire. 

Raheem Sterling provides another dangerous option up top, having netted in five of England's eight Euro 2020 qualifiers last year. 

If Kane does fail to prove his fitness in time, there are options. But all parties will be hoping it doesn't come to that.  

Southampton striker Danny Ings has played his way into contention with his goalscoring run

Raheem Sterling is another option when it comes to filling the goalscoring void left by Kane

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