England manager Roy Hodgson has suggested Tottenham Hotspur should leave Harry Kane at home when they tour Australia at the end of the season if they are so concerned about tiredness, ESPN has reported.
Hodgson on Thursday named Kane in the senior England squad for the first time, while Kane is also in contention to feature for the England Under-21 squad for the summer European Championships. But Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs Coach, has called for Kane to miss the tournament in order to give him some rest after a full season, but Hodgson believes it would be better for Kane to skip the trip Down Under and then turn out for Gareth Southgate’s side.
“This is a marketing game as far as I can understand,” Hodgson said of Tottenham’s May 30 game against Sydney FC. “Personally speaking, playing for England at Under-21 level at a tournament is more important than a friendly in Australia.
“I would be very hypocritical if I didn’t give that answer,” he continued. “If he needs a rest, there’s a great opportunity when the season ends before our Under-21s get together to give him a rest.
“You can’t expect me in good faith to say: ‘oh no, I understand he shouldn’t be resting for the Australia trip, he should be doing that and then resting when the Under-21s pitch up.’ I can’t go along with that.”
Kane has 26 goals to his name thus far this season and has been included in the squad to play Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifier and Italy in a friendly later in March. The Three Lions play Lithuania at Wembley on March 27 and then travel to Turin to face the Azzurri on March 31.
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