FA chairman Grey Dyke has claimed Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane wants to turn out for the England Under-21 side at this summer’s European Championships, Sky Sports has reported.
Dyke cited comments made to him by Kane’s agent after the forward made his senior international bow, scoring on his debut against Lithuania seconds after coming on as a substitute. He made his first start under Roy Hodgson days later against Italy but his participation in the summer tournament, to be held in the Czech Republic, has been a source of controversy.
Hodgson has said Kane can still be named by Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate in the squad but Spurs have asked the amount of games played by the 21-year-old be taken into account, amid concerns of pushing him too hard. Kane has played 46 times for his club this season, reaching the 30-goal mark with a strike against Newcastle.
Dyke has said however that his understanding is Kane wants to be involved for the Young Lions and is encouraged that the player wants to represent his country at every opportunity. “We want young English footballers to want to play for England,” he said. “It is an important part of their development.
“Playing for the first team, the England first team, is the ultimate for a footballer or at least should be and that’s what we want.
“Playing for England matters and young English footballers should feel that it matters – that they can play for their club but they also want to play for England,” Dyke continued.
“I got a call from Harry Kane’s agent recently just to say how much he enjoyed playing for England and how much he wants to play for the U21s this year in the tournament, in the Euros.
“And I think that’s important. If you’re a young English boy coming through the system, you should want to play for England.”
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