Onus on Vardy to step up in place of injured Kane for England

Jamie Vardy celebrates his scoring his sides first goal during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Leicester City and Sheffield United  at The King Power Stadium on February 16,...

Depending on the extent of the damage to his ankle, Kane could face months on the sideline, putting pressure on the Leicester City player.

An injured Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur holds his ankle during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on March 10, 2018 in...

Tottenham Hotspur fans will be growing increasingly concerned as they await the news regarding Harry Kane's injury. The England star picked up a nasty ankle knock against Bournemouth on Saturday and could face anything between 10 days to several months out depending on the extent of the damage. 

With the World Cup less than 100 days away, it will very much be a race against time for Kane to get back firing for Tottenham if at all possible. 

The North London club may be out of the Champions League, but there is still a lot to play for in terms of a top four finish, and missing a standout performer is never easy for any club.

With the likes of Wayne Rooney now retired internationally, Jermain Defoe having failed to hit his usual heights at club level and Daniel Sturridge also out injured, the onus is now on Leicester City's Jamie Vardy to finish the season strong for the Foxes and stake his claim for a starting spot in Russia this summer.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City at The Hawthorns on March 10, 2018...

Vardy has 16 goals in all competitions this season, meaning he has already tied with his season tally from 2016/2017. With six England goals in 19 caps, the Premier League champion has a credible enough scoring record. But he will have to step up if he finds himself leading the line for his country going into a World Cup.

The England squad is peppered with young talent such as Tammy Abraham, Dominic Solanke and Marcus Rashford. However, the likes of Abraham and Solanke are very much ones for the future and, with only three England caps and no goals between them, they are simply not ready to be relied upon.

Assuming the worst for Kane, it will likely be between Rashford and Vardy for England's number 9 shirt and, aged 31, it may be Vardy's last chance to pull on the Three Lions kit at a major competition, providing all the more incentive to continue firing them in for Claude Puel's side in the remaining eight games of the season.

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