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Sensational Harry Kane could be central for England's forward ambitions

By Rajdeep Saha | Last Updated: Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 08:54

England manager Roy Hodgson has a good selection headache ahead of him when he decides to call the players for international duty at the end of next month. England play Lithuania on 27th March at the Euro 2016 qualifiers at Wembley, and one player that is making a strong case for featuring in the squad is Harry Kane.

Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur's 21-year-old sensation has been in ominous form for his club and is becoming a pivotal figure for manager Mauricio Pochettino. Kane's supreme efforts saw Spurs give him a new five-year-contract, and the meteoric rise of the forward could turn out to be key for Hodgson as well.

England will also play against Italy in an international friendly on 30th March and Hodgson could launch Kane during this crucial phase for the Three Lions.

The English manager was recently at White Hart Lane watching the game between Spurs and Arsenal and would be happy with Kane's overall impact in the game. Spurs rode through Kane's heroics and in the next game on Tuesday against Liverpool, Kane found his name on the scoresheet once again.

Tottenham fell down in an entertaining and absorbing match at Anfield which saw Liverpool clinch the tie 3-2. Kane equalised for the visitors and then made an assist too.

In the Premier League history, Kane has been enjoying the best season as a 21-year-old and is better than the likes of several former and current stars who excelled at his age.

Kane has registered 23 goals this season for Spurs in all competitions and is the highest scorer in England's top plight club football. Earlier, Kane was instrumental against Arsenal at the weekend, scoring a brace in Spurs' 2-1 win in the London derby. What was pleasing to the eye was the energy and determination in Kane.

Kane has been lethal for Spurs and has scored goals at will that boasts of a depth in variety.

Reports have come out that European club champions Real Madrid are interested in signing Kane in the future and have already scouted him thrice. A deal could likely become possible as the Spanish giants have earlier lured star players Luka Modric and Gareth Bale in the past few seasons from Spurs.

The youngster has taken social media outlets by storm and has created a buzz amongst fans, players and pundits alike. Kane has been referred to names such as 'Hurri-kane' and 'White Hart Kane' and his popularity is growing widely.

The likes of Arsene Wenger, David Beckham and Gary Lineker have all voiced their opinion in favour of Kane getting an England call up. Such has been the impact of the youngster.

Hodgson has several options for the striker's role and it will be interesting to see how he fits his attack given the arsenal he possesses. With Daniel Sturridge expected to lead the attack, Kane can be a perfect foil for the Liverpool striker and can create a good combination with him.

Hodgson also has the option of Danny Welbeck and he could use him in a wider role on the left like he has done so far. Then there is skipper Wayne Rooney who has led England's forward line alongside Sturridge. But the versatile player has been used as a defensive midfielder off late by Louis van Gaal for club Manchester United.

It will be interesting to see whether Hodgson sticks to Van Gaal's tactics and uses Rooney as a midfielder.

Hodgson prefers a 4-3-3 formation and if he decides to centre his attack around Kane, we could see a tactical shift of Sturridge out to the wide. Hodgson will also ponder to draft Kane directly into the starting XI and may use the friendly against Italy to see what he could offer. Kane is expected to be a big plus for the Three Lions and it will be an important spell for the youngster to show whether he could lead the England attack at will.

Alongside Kane, several other forwards have thrown in their names as options for Hodgson. QPR's Charlie Austin, Burnley's youth sensation Danny Ings and West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino, have all presented a top case in their favour to stake a claim in order to be drafted into the senior squad.

As of now, it is Kane and Austin who look frontrunners for a call up. Moreover, the long-term injury to Jay Rodriguez and the off-coloured Rickie Lambert have opened up spaces for the role upfront.

Hodgson will be a pleased man given the outburst of several England youngsters in the scene and from here he will look to use them with care and Kane could be the first to start with.

First Published: Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 08:54

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