Jack Wilshere was on the verge of an England call up for the current global break, despite having not played a minute of Premier League football this season.
Question marks persist over Joe Hart in goal and over the quality of England's options in wide areas. There are some big countries around the world that are struggling.
But Kane is adamant England have enough quality in other positions to help him shoulder the burden in Russian Federation. We have started this season well as a team. "The most important thing for me is that we have a base which is exclusively ours", he said.
I am my own motivator and I'll continue to push myself to the limits that I've got.
"I just have to keep doing what I'm doing for club and for country and see what happens next year".
But Chelsea defender Cahill warned: "He has been fantastic for us, but you don't to go into a tournament with everything on Harry Kane".
Best known for the squandered penalty against Germany that denied England a place in the final of the 1996 European Championship on home soil, Southgate joked fans "might find it hard to find much love for me".
"He's in great form and he must be gushing with confidence".
The play-off matches take place in November and all the 32 teams who have made it by the time of the World Cup draw in Moscow on December 1. "I think that was highlighted and put him in the spotlight a lot more", he added. When Rose gets fit he's as good as anybody in his position and Bertrand is more than capable of matching his levels when called upon.
"Are we are going to become Spain in the next eight months?" If we're chasing the game we can pump the ball up to Carroll and there will be drama, trust me. We clawed our way back in and what we gave in the second half was fantastic.
"The fearless mentality - that's the way he is at the minute".
Match-winner and captain Kane described it as a dream come true after England stumbled to qualification for the World Cup.
"I'm an England fan too". So naturally the fans don't expect.
"I really enjoyed the good memories of watching (Euro) 1996".