Who should partner Tottenham’s Harry Kane up front at the World Cup?

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur shows appreciation to the fans following the Premier League match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at Bet365 Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Stoke on...

If England really want to hurt defences at the World Cup, they should consider playing Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy alongside Harry Kane.

Jamie Vardy of England celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the friendly match between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium on March 27, 2018 in London, England.

With the World Cup just a few months away, England’s starting XI is beginning to fall into place.

Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate looks set to opt for a 3-4-3 system, with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard likely to flank Tottenham hitman Harry Kane.

But England would surely pose a greater attacking threat if they were to explore a striking partnership between Kane and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Jonjo Shelvey and Phil Jagielka of England look on during a England training session at St Georges Park on September 2, 2015 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

Vardy has been far too consistent this season to be stuck on the bench for England. The forward has 16 goals in the league so far, which is more than Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku.

And with his ability to punish teams on the break, Vardy could offer England a whole new dynamic to their attack.

Southgate could then adopt a 3-5-2 formation, which would allow him to play Dele Alli behind both strikers in a more natural number 10 role.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli of Spurs have a disagreement during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London,...

Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard would not have to be sacrificed either, with both players being utilised in the wide areas instead of two defensive-minded wing-backs.

With this setup the emphasis would certainly be on attack, but changing the formation to accommodate a Vardy and Kane partnership could give England their best chance of progressing in the tournament.

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