Emile Smith and Ramsdale are set to make their full England debuts tonight

Emile Smith and Ramsdale are set to make their full England debuts tonight.

Aaron Ramsdale and Emile Smith Rowe, both of Arsenal, are expected to make their complete England debuts in San Marino tonight.

The two were both under serious consideration to start in Serravalle, according to Sportsmail on Sunday, and it is thought that Gareth Southgate has given the nod to the Gunners combination.

Smith Rowe made his senior debut against Albania on Friday night, coming in as a late substitution, but he is now in line for his first start.

 

Ramsdale has yet to make an appearance for England, but he is expected to do so tonight.

Southgate may stay with a back-three, with Harry Maguire, Conor Coady, and Tyrone Mings all in contenders to start, while Trent Alexander-Arnold might start on the right flank.

 

After begging with England captain Gareth Southgate to start in San Marino, Harry Kane is optimistic of leading the attack. Southgate is chasing Wayne Rooney’s all-time goalscoring record.

 

With a hat-trick against Albania on Friday night, Tottenham striker Kane increased his international goal record to 44, and he’s targeting another hat-trick today in Serravalle against the world’s lowest-ranked squad.

 

The 28-year-strikes old’s at Wembley last week gave him a total of 39 competitive goals for England, breaking Wayne Rooney’s previous mark of 37.

 

But Kane is now aiming for Rooney’s all-time record of 53 goals, while also being close to third-placed Gary Lineker (48) and second-placed Bobby Charlton (49).

 

Southgate has disclosed that Kane is begging to play in England’s last Qatar 2022 group encounter, knowing well well that goal scoring chances would be aplenty. Kane has not played in any of England’s three World Cup qualifying matches against minnows San Marino and Andorra thus far.

 

Southgate added, “He’s keen to let me know he hasn’t played in those games (against Andorra and San Marino).”

 

‘He is definitely eager to play.’ He is eager to participate in the game. We need to win this game, and we still need to qualify for the World Cup.’

 

Indeed, Kane is set to play in San Marino today in a game that, if he scores, would bring his 2021 international record to 13, making him the first player in England history to score 13 goals in a calendar year.

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