England manager Roy Hodgson has refused to confirm or deny Harry Kane’s level of involvement ahead of a potential debut for the Tottenham Hotspur striker, ITV has reported.
Kane was called in to the Three Lions’ senior set-up on the back of his prolific club form, plundering 26 goals by Easter and usurping the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.
It has been speculated that Kane could partner England captain Wayne Rooney in Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania but when asked at a pre-match Press conference, Hodgson would only say that Kane would get a run-out at some point over the next two international fixtures – the game against Lithuania or the friendly with Italy next week.
“We are very happy with Harry Kane,” Hodgson said. “He has done well all week, and has not in any way damaged his chances of playing in the full senior team.
“I’m pretty sure over the course of these two games he will make his full debut, but I’m not prepared to give my selection away and when that is people will have to wait and see,” the veteran former Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion boss added.
England currently top Group E with four wins from a possible four, leading Slovenia, Switzerland and Lithuania by six points. The top two teams automatically qualify for France 2016, while the best third-place team also qualify and the rest enter the play-offs.
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