Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Call-Up for Tottenham Goalscoring Machine Is Inevitable

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Call-Up for Tottenham Goalscoring Machine Is Inevitable

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Byline: Paul Hirst

HARRY Kane looks set to earn his first England call-up when Roy Hodgson names his squad for the upcoming internationals against Lithuania and Italy today. Kane has been in fine form for Tottenham this season, scoring 26 goals in 42 matches.

The 21-year-old is the top English scorer in the Barclays Premier League and Hodgson all but con-firmed the striker would be in his squad for the double-header at a briefing in London last month.

"Is he worth a place in the squad now? Of course he is," said the England manager, who has watched his team win all six of their games since the World Cup.

"I think he's got the qualities that you're looking for in a centre forward. If you can be a star at a top team like Tottenham at the age of 21 then you're doing pretty well."

Unless Hodgson has had a dramatic change of mind in the five weeks since he made those comments - and there is no reason to suggest he has - then Kane should be included in the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley on March 27 and the friendly in Turin four days later. Kane still had his doubters during the early stages of the season, but after scoring against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool since the turn of the year, there is genuine excitement at the Football Association about the forward, who only made a handful of league starts for Tottenham last year.

Kane is not the only striker to have caught Hodgson's eye since the last international get-together in November.

Although he has not been as prolific in recent weeks, QPR's Charlie Austin is the second-highest English scorer in the top-flight and could earn his first call-up when the squad is announced at 12.30pm.

Burnley forward Danny Ings has been tipped to make the step up from the Under-21s after a run of impressive performances and Saido Berahino has done his chances of a recall no harm by scoring four goals in his last seven games for West Brom.

Daniel Sturridge is all but certain to return to the squad after missing the last five games because of a thigh injury he suffered at St George's Park, which dented Hodgson's relationship with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. …

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