Kane aiming to make impact

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Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Harry Kane does not intend to simply make up the numbers when he joins the senior England set-up for the first time next week.

The Tottenham striker has been called up by Roy Hodgson for the European Championship qualifier with Lithuania and a friendly against Italy in Turin having scored 26 goals in 42 games for Spurs so far this season.

Kane is the only player in the 24-man squad who has never been involved in the senior set-up but, despite competition for places with captain Wayne Rooney and the likes of Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge, the 21-year-old is keen to collect at least one cap.

“That is what I will be aiming to do,” he told Spurs TV.

“I will be going there to compete for places and get into the team. There are a lot of great players there and I know that but I will try and get in and do as well as I can and if I manage to get a cap then it will be a very proud day and one I won’t forget.

“It is an honour to be called up to the senior side, something I always dreamed of as a kid.

“I’m excited, when I got the message I was going to be in I was full of joy and hopefully it is the first of many.”

Kane, who has scored eight goals in 10 Under-21 internationals, has enjoyed a fine run of form which has seen him transform from a bit-part player to a key figure in Tottenham’s push for a top-four finish.

Having spent time out on loan at a number of clubs before being handed a chance at White Hart Lane, the speed at which Kane has emerged as a potential England striker is not lost on the player himself.

“It has been hectic, a lot has been happening but I’m enjoying every minute of it,” he said. “I just want it to continue and that is what I’m going to aim to do, keep progressing, keep working hard and getting better.

“You want to be at the top level in the Premier League. It is crazy how things can change in such a short space of time.

“It is a very proud moment for me and my family. I’m really looking forward to next week and seeing what it is like and trying to get into that team.”

Tim Sherwood has insisted Kane made it “impossible” to be overlooked for England and backed him to handle the Three Lions pressure.

The Aston Villa boss, who gave Kane his chance when Tottenham manager, said: “I have to congratulate Harry, it was impossible for Roy Hodgson to ignore him. He’s done everything. We have to remember he wasn’t always ‘one of our own’ at Tottenham.

“When I first put Harry in the team Roberto Soldado was on the bench and after 30 minutes if Harry hadn’t scored they’re singing for Soldado to come on. It took him time to win over the fans. They love him now and they are reaping the rewards.

“We don’t have to worry about him losing his head, getting too big for his boots, not that type of character. He knows there is a lot of hard work to do.

“He’s a little bit different to (Alan) Shearer, there’s a little bit of Teddy Sheringham in there. If he can mould them together a little cocktail of Shearer and Sheringham he ain’t done bad.”

Sherwood did not want to loan Kane out when he was struggling to make a breakthrough last season and believes the 21-year-old has benefited.

He said: “It’s great, I resisted the temptation to get rid of him last January because perhaps he wouldn’t be the star he is for Tottenham.

“There were people at the club who wanted to bring in another striker and sacrifice Harry Kane. I wouldn’t allow that to happen. He got his opportunity and now he’s bouncing forward.”

Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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