Lithuania’s unusual plan for Kane containment

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Lithuania national team manager Edgaras Jankauskas has revealed a slightly unusual plan to halt Spurs and England striker Harry Kane in Sunday’s World Cup Qualifier in Vilnius.

Gareth Southgate’s men sealed World Cup qualification in a rather unconvincing victory over Slovenia on Thursday, thanks to Kane’s late winner and are looking to end Group F on a high against the side ranked 120th in the world.

It may be a game of little significance for England, but Kane will certainly be itching to be involved, having netted 14 goals in his last nine appearances for club and country.

Jankauskas knows a thing or two about leading the line. He was part of Jose Mourinho’s Porto side that triumphed in the Champions League in 2004, making the Lithuania boss all the more concerned about the in-form Tottenham striker.

Sky Sports quote the Lithuania coach as saying “The first plan would be to not let him into the stadium!” joked Jankauskas.

“We know he is in terrific form and to stop him, well, we have to pay a lot of attention and to use everything we can against such a machine, such a goalscoring machine.”

Kane will in no doubt be pressing to start and lead his country again, however with a busy schedule coming up for Spurs, perhaps the hit man would be well advised with taking a back seat against Lithuania or at least not playing the full ninety minutes.

What do you guys think, do you unleash him as he is in form or do you preserve him as the game is virtually meaningless.


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