The 21-year-old striker has scored 17 goals in just 27 appearances for Tottenham this season, prompting talk of a first senior call-up to face Lithuania on March 27
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Roy Hodgson has praised Tottenham star Harry Kane’s development amid reports the striker is set for a first senior England call-up.
The 21-year-old has been one of the success stories of the season so far, with his two goals in Spurs’ recent 5-3 win over Chelsea taking his tally to 17 in 27 appearance for the White Hart Lane outfit.
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Such displays have prompted talk of a first call-up to Hodgson’s England squad for the clash with Lithuania on March 27, and the Three Lions boss says Kane has come on “leaps and bounds” in recent months.
“Harry is one of those players – Andros Townsend being another one – who didn’t exactly burst on to the scene in his club side and get straight in,” Hodgson told reporters.
“They got loaned out first and sent out to different places to learn their trade, if you like, or at least pick up some important aspects of their trade.
“We have watched [Kane] for a while. Harry has come on in leaps and bounds and I’m not surprised because I know [the former coaches] Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand very well. It’s tremendous to see.”
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Hodgson also highlighted Charlie Austin’s recent form for QPR – the striker has scored five goals in his last five games for the Premier League strugglers but is yet to make an international appearance for England.
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“Charlie is doing very well,” he told SiriusXM FC. “He’s another one who has come through the lower leagues. I’m sure people have watched Charlie and dismissed him because he doesn’t run like the wind.
“You can be a good footballer sometimes without needing to run like the wind and Harry Redknapp has brought the best out of him for QPR.”