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Below Sunsport takes a look at THREE ways Southgate could choose to line up if his No9 is unavailable.

ENGLAND’s lifeless display in the 1-1 draw with Denmark left pundits and legends queuing up to take a dig at Gareth Southgate’s team.

Here’s the best of what was said…ALAN SHEARER“Awful performance, particularly after going up in the game.“I don’t think one England player can look at themselves and say, ‘I’ve done my job tonight’.“England were all over the place, far too sloppy in possession, gave the ball away too much and got caught too many times.“There was no energy, no pace, no guile — Southgate is simply not getting the best out of England’s best players.“It’s concerning and Gareth will get some serious questions.“You saw England players lying on their backs — they look absolutely shattered but there’s no excuse for that.”

GARY LINEKER: The BBC host called the performance “lifeless and tepid”.On Harry Kane he said: “He needs his manager to ask more of him. I would have expected that if I’d put in that kind of performance.”

RIO FERDINAND: “The players don’t look the same as they do for their clubs. It is a big concern.”

ROY KEANE: “Courage and bravery, we’re not really seeing it.“There’s something amiss with the balance. Bellingham is waving his arms.“This is a big test for Gareth. It looks like he’s overthinking things.”

JAMIE CARRAGHER: “My big worry watching this and for the rest of the tournament?”England look absolutely knackered. They can’t get close to the ball.”The surest sign of fatigue is dropping deep.”Declan Rice is having to cover so much ground. No-one can convince me this is a strategy.”

JACK WILSHERE: “It’s strange that we have taken the lead in both games so far, yet instead of it settling us down and giving us the confidence to play, we have failed to take control.”But what was most worrying was that Denmark had a clear way of playing — while we didn’t.”

Ollie Watkins leads the line
Watkins is the obvious candidate to step in for Kane should the England No9 be deemed unfit for the Slovenia clash.

The Aston Villa forward scored 27 goals last season, establishing himself as the deputy to the Three Lions’ skipper.

Watkins also went close to scoring when he replaced Kane against Denmark, but was denied by an impressive stop from Kasper Schmeichel.

Watkins also offers something different to Kane as he makes more runs in behind.

This switch may mean Southgate makes fewer changes elsewhere on the pitch – with Conor Gallagher for Trent Alexander-Arnold possibly being the only other alteration.

Ivan Toney may have scored just four goals for Brentford after returning from his ban in January, but some England fans still prefer him to Watkins.

That is because he is seen as a more natural replacement for Kane – who excels in holding the ball up, bringing others into play and scoring penalties.

If Toney was to come into the fold then other changes to the midfield and wide positions would also be expected.

Eberechi Eze is one man chomping at the bit to play on the left if the out-of-sorts Phil Foden is dropped to the bench.

And with keeping hold of the ball a major issue for England, Adam Wharton could also be brought in to feature alongside Declan Rice.

Ivan Toney is yet to feature for England at the Euros.

Toney may be seen as a more obvious replacement for Kane.

Jude Bellingham as a false nine
Perhaps the most unlikely of the three line-ups but an option for Southgate nonetheless.

Jude Bellingham played as a false nine for Real Madrid on numerous occasions during his first season with the Spanish giants, helping him score 23 goals in total.

Fans have debated as to whether he is a No8 or No10, but a curveball could be that he is utilised as the most attacking central option against Slovenia.

This could also allow Foden to play in behind him and Anthony Gordon out wide on the left.

Jude Bellingham could change position to accommodate the absence of Kane.

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