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England forward Harry Kane is to be rested by manager Gareth Southgate for Tuesday’s friendly against Switzerland.

The Tottenham striker, 25, who scored six goals and won the Golden Boot at the World Cup in the summer, has started 61 matches in all competitions since the start of last season.

“I thought this is a good opportunity to do it,” Southgate said.

Kane’s Spurs team-mate Dele Alli has withdrawn from the squad with a minor muscle strain.

England face Switzerland in Leicester after three straight defeats and have never lost four consecutive matches.

As many as nine changes are expected from the side that started the 2-1 Nations League loss to Spain, with Eric Dier confirmed as captain of a team set to feature the likes of Jack Butland, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Fabian Delph, James Tarkowski and Danny Welbeck.

“Harry falls in the category in which we have several players where we have to watch how much they play,” said Southgate.

“It was a short break with no pre-season and everybody was back earlier than I am sure everybody would have expected for club matches, although that is entirely understandable.

“We talked a bit after the World Cup about the demands of the modern player. Everybody has got to play a part in that but the clubs own the player and they have got to do the right thing for themselves.”

Southgate has brought in Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray from the Under-21s for the Switzerland game.

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