Roy Hodgson confirms Harry Kane to get first England call-up in Euro 2016 qualifiers


What a season it’s been for Harry Kane. The Tottenham Hotspur academy product has already scored 23 goals in all competitions (with 13 Premier League games still to be played), and life is about to get even better for the 21-year-old.

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England national team manager Roy Hodgson confirmed on Thursday that Kane will receive his first senior team call-up when the Three Lions host Lithuania in 2016 European Championships qualifying next month, followed by a friendly away to Italy four days later.

Hodgson was quick to praise Kane for his meteoric rise over the last three months, saying he has full trust in the youngster to continue to work to improve on a daily basis.

Hodgson, on Kane, from the Guardian:

“Is he worth a place in the squad? Of course he is. He certainly deserves a place in the squad as much as, say, Saido [Berahino] did in the last squad. I like to think I do show a certain degree of loyalty to players who have been playing for a while and who I know I can trust. But I also like to think that I’m prepared to give someone a chance when he’s really showing with his current form he’s worthy of a place. Harry has all the qualities you want in a centre-forward.”

Hodgson also said he’ll not being following suit of Louis van Gaal in playing Manchester United star Wayne Rooney as a midfielder: “Well, he’s a goalscorer, isn’t he?”

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Hodgson, on Rooney as a forward:

“So one always likes to see goalscorers in positions where they can get into the box. If you’ve got several other goalscorers and you can afford to use one a bit further back, that’s fine. But he’s our top goalscorer in the qualifiers, and he’s just a few goals away from being England’s leading goalscorer, so I hope he will continue to score goals for us.”

With Rooney expected to play in a more attacking role for England, Hodgson has no fewer than five premier attacking options as Euro 2016 is less than 18 months away. How he’ll manage to find enough minutes for all of Kane, Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck, will undoubtedly be the toughest juggling act of his still-young England career (took the job in 2013).