Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is expected to lead the line for England against Spain after manager Roy Hodgson confirmed Wayne Rooney will not start 13 November's friendly. Hodgson insisted Manchester United captain Rooney has not suffered any knocks, adding his decision to rest the 30-year-old is merely to ensure all of his forward options are given a chance to prove themselves before next summer's European Championships in France.
"Wayne's with me today because he's the captain of our team, he's the most important figure as a result, but he actually won't start the game tomorrow," Hodgson told a press conference.
"I'm telling you that because Wayne and I are very anxious that we're not trying to fool anybody or bamboozle anybody when he's sat alongside me. That's for the very simple reason that we're looking at various combinations. Wayne is pencilled in against France on Tuesday [17 November]."
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy was named in the squad after a stunning run of form that has seen him score in nine consecutive matches, but is a doubt for Friday's match in Alicante after suffering a slight knock in the 2-1 victory over Watford on 7 November.
"Jamie Vardy is struggling with a knock he picked up on Saturday," Hodgson added. We're monitoring it, we're still working on it but it looks unlikely at this moment in time that he'll be able to play."