I am delighted for Harry Kane, says Roy Hodgson
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season, was named in the senior England squad for the first time by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.
Hodgson included Kane in his 24-man squad for the March 27 Euro 2016 Group E qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley and the friendly against Italy later this month.
Kane, the one uncapped player in squad, is another product of the England youth system having played for the Under-17s through to the Under-21s and Hodgson said he was delighted with his progress this season.
"I think the whole country is excited about Harry," he told reporters at Wembley.
"His rise has been fantastic since he broke into the Tottenham team. He has done so well and it would have been much more of a surprise if he had not been selected, so I am delighted for him."
England have six wins in six matches since their first round exit from the World Cup last year and Hodgson said he was delighted with the progress the team has made with new, younger players.
However, Kane would have to fight for his place in the starting line-up.
"We have done quite well since the World Cup with six straight wins, and the players who have been playing in those games have done a good job," said Hodgson.
"So its not as simple as a new player coming in and the ones who have played stepping aside. The ones he is competing with won`t want to step aside."