Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

This Needs to Be Harry's Game, Say Senior Lions

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

This Needs to Be Harry's Game, Say Senior Lions

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ENGLAND duo Gary Cahill and Michael Carrick both sang the praises of Harry Kane as the clamour builds for the Tottenham striker to be given his international bow on Friday.

Kane's breakout season has been rewarded with his first senior call-up for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on Friday and next Tuesday's friendly in Italy.

Chelsea defender Cahill needs no reminders of Kane's talents after the 21-year-old scored twice in Spurs' 5-3 victory over the Blues on New Year's Day.

"He's a real handful, a fantastic talent," said Cahill.

"He's not just somebody who can hold the ball up, he can run in behind, he's got two good feet. For me he's got all the attributes.

"To score a hat-trick leading to his first meet up, his confidence must be sky high at the minute and he's had a terrific season. He's a real top player."

Kane has scored 29 goals in all competitions and 19 so far in his first full season in the Barclays Premier League, including a treble against Leicester on Saturday.

"The progress he's made has been sensational, right from the start of the season to the level he's at now, he's gone up two or three levels," said Manchester United midfielder Carrick.

"The thing that's impressed me most is as the spotlight's grown and the expectation's grown with it, he seems to have grown and his performances have improved and improved. That's a really good sign.

"It by no means looks like it's a one-off season. He looks like the real deal and I'm sure he's got a big, big future ahead of him."

Kane's hopes of earning a debut this Friday as England look to claim their fifth Group E win from as many matches were boosted by the injuryenforced withdrawal of Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge.

On whether Kane will be ready to start against Lithuania, Cahill added: "We've got four top strikers here, all champing at the bit to play, all good enough to play, and Harry's in that bracket. …

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