Hodgson all but confirms England place for Spurs’ Kane

Following his appearance as a pundit for the BBC’s FA Cup coverage on Monday England manager Roy Hodgson has all but confirmed Harry Kane’s place in his next squad, the Daily Mail is reporting.

Kane has been in irresistible form during his breakthrough season in a Tottenham shirt – bagging 23 goals in all competitions as his stock rockets within the game.

In comparison Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge have been nursing regular injuries while Wayne Rooney scored his first goal since Boxing Day on Monday night, although the striker has been playing in a deeper midfield role this season.

And speaking to the BBC Hodgson revealed Kane is on course to be one of the names in his next national squad, having been a regular for the England U21s.

He said: “Harry Kane? He is an all-round centre forward, can play right up there against a centre back, or come off and see a pass.

“He’s got technique, he’s always looking to get on the end of crosses, that header against Arsenal was a really classy header. I thought that was wonderful.

“If all goes well and he stays fit I’m pretty sure he’ll be in the next squad.”

Hodgson did however reserve praise for the number of young striker making their mark on the Premier League.

Danny Ings, Charlie Austin and Saido Berahino have all been in good form this season increasing the national team’s options massively since the former Liverpool boss took over in 2012.

He also offered his backing for under fire Rooney and was adamant the Manchester United and England captain would remain a key vocal point for the side.

He added: “At the moment I’d like to see him [Rooney] as a key figure for us as a centre forward, it would take a lot before I’d start to think along those lines [Rooney as a midfielder].

“He’s our captain and nearly the record goalscorer. It would take a lot from a 19 or 20-year-old to replace a man up front with over 100 caps, there’d be a lot of pressure.”

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