Kane has appeared sluggish and off the pace since returning from an ankle injury sustained against Bournemouth in March and Neville expressed his surprise that Gareth Southgate made a decision to use him as a second half substitute during England's 1-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday.
Although, the Swiss got a big chance to punish them for poor defending but Xherdan Shaqiri shot wide from a one-on-one position with an on-rushing Jack Butland on six minutes. And this resulted in many players taking home the prized cap, while how deserving they were of then being branded an "England international" has been open to great debate.
'Over the next few weeks, what we are hoping is that we have given them some minutes, they go back to their club better prepared for when they get their opportunity.
Marcus Rashford got ahead of Alexander-Arnold with the eye on goal, but flashed his effort way off target on 26 minutes. The 20-year-old is set to score this season for the club and was sent off last time out against Burnley.
Southgate's concerns extend to Foden's restricted time on the pitch for City, with the 18-year-old limited to one substitute appearance, of eight minutes, this season.
After the latest in a long succession of major tournament disappointments, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic is attempting to give his side a makeover.
Petkovic awarded debuts to three young players in Switzerland's crushing 6-0 win over Iceland in their Nations League opener - right-back Kevin Mbabu, midfielder Djibril Sow and forward Albian Ajeti - and although the team that lined up against England was more experienced, with 30-somethings Stephan Lichtsteiner and Johan Djourou coming into the starting XI, there was novelty in the Swiss tactical setup.
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That was the trend for the rest of the half as the Three Lions hung on for the victory.
Southgate has lamented England's failure to produce midfielders of the calibre that Croatia and Spain possess.