Gareth Southgate is entertaining the possibility of calling up Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Forshaw for England's upcoming games against Scotland and Spain.
According totheTelegraph, Southgate watched Middlesbrough's victory over Bournemouth at the weekend with Forshaw's performance of interest to the caretaker England boss as he considers his midfield options for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland and friendly with Spain.
Southgate is reportedly wary of being short in the midfield department after the recent injury problems of Ross Barkley, Jack Wilshere and Danny Drinkwater. While the aforementioned trio remain higher in the pecking order, Forshaw may be afforded theopportunity to represent his country at senior level for the first time.
Forshaw has spent much of the current campaign on the bench for Boro as Aitor Karanka has opted for a midfield partnership of Adam Clayton and Grant Leadbitter, but the 25-year-old former Everton youngster has impressed when he's been given the chance, making it tough for the manager to keep him out of the team.
Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he is powerless to stop England from including Harry Kane for the upcoming double-header. Kane has been injured for the past month and wasn't fit enough to feature in Spurs' 1-0 Champions League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.
It's true that maybe it makes more sense for the national team to say ˜Okay, stay at home. Stay with Tottenham and train for two weeks. It's important to build Harry's fitness and be better after,' Pochettino said following the game.
But, if they consider that they need Harry to play for the national team and he is available to play against Arsenal then we cannot stop.�