Kane isn’t undroppable for England – Southgate

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed Harry Kane will start against Kosovo on Tuesday, but is adamant his skipper is not “undroppable”.Tottenham striker Kane scored a hat-trick as the Three Lions eased to a 4-0 Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Bulgaria on Saturday.It comes after he had to settle for a place on the bench in the Nations League semi-final against Netherlands after missing much of the latter stages of last season through injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Southgate plans to make changes for the game at St Mary’s but says Kane’s quality makes it difficult for him to be left out, and he will resist the temptation to rest him for what will be the first ever meeting between the two nations at senior level.”In the summer we decided that he wasn’t ready to start, so I don’t think you can have a player that is undroppable, because that is a dangerous route for any team and it is not a healthy position for a player,” Southgate said. “But it is safe to say we won’t be dropping him for tomorrow. His level of performance is so high that dropping him would be a rare occurrence. “We might freshen the team a bit, that will be important. We don’t need to, everyone is fit and available. We need to make sure we get the balance right.”We need to get the right attacking and defending profiles to make sure we win the game.”Harry Kane England BulgariaSouthgate is wary of the threat posed by a second-placed Kosovo side, who have already defeated Czech Republic in Group A.”We are expecting a different sort of challenge to Saturday – but one we are looking forward to,” he said. “It will be a very different style of game. Kosovo will be very high pressing, hard working, a more attacking threat than we faced on Saturday.”Maybe there will be more space to play up front. Whatever we learned from Saturday’s game this is a completely different challenge.”Southgate, meanwhile, gave praise to midfielder Declan Rice for the way he has dealt with social media abuse directed towards him and his family after switching international allegiance to England from the Republic of Ireland. “When I spoke with Declan about the possibility of him transferring association across, I was very conscious that this was something that could happen,” Southgate said. “That is why I wanted to tread very carefully, to make sure him and his family had all the time they needed to make a decision.”I never pushed, because I suspected that this would be part of the consequences of that.”I think he has dealt with everything incredibly maturely.”last_img read more

UN refugee agency identifies new ways to help internally displaced people

Speaking at an international conference on IDP issues in Oslo, Norway, Mr. Lubbers said the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) was ready to continue its IDP-related work, but that other humanitarian agencies should also get more involved. The High Commissioner said UNHCR’s involvement in crises of internal displacement, within a collective UN mechanism, should depend on three basic criteria: formal authorization from the Secretary-General, the consent of the State involved, and the availability of adequate financial resources. While emphasizing the primary responsibility of States to protect their own citizens, Mr. Lubbers stressed the importance of a clear system for allocating responsibility among UN and other humanitarian agencies for the provision of help to internally displaced people in dire need. He also said humanitarian involvement in internal displacement situations must be accompanied by an effort to resolve the political problems that cause the crises in the first place. According to UNHCR, the many civil wars and internal conflicts of the past decade have led to an explosion in internal displacement. Currently, internally displaced people account for roughly one-fourth of the agency’s more than 21 million beneficiaries. read more