Kane enabled for England

Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been called up to the England squad for the first time.

Kane’s return of 26 goals in 42 matches has earned him a place in the 24-man party for England’s upcoming internationals against Lithuania and Italy.

Daniel Sturridge, Fabian Delph and Kyle Walker were named in the squad, which was announced on Thursday lunchtime at Wembley, but there was no place for Danny Ings, Ryan Mason or Charlie Austin.

Kane has 10 Under-21 caps to his name, but now he will get a chance to prove himself at full international level after being named in the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on March 27 and the friendly in Turin four days later.

Hodgson expressed his delight at the form of 21-year-old Kane in a briefing last month so it came as no surprise to see the forward’s name on the squad list when it was published on Thursday.

The exclusion of Ings, Mason and 15-goal striker Charlie Austin came as something of a surprise as Hodgson had been expected to include more uncapped players in the party.

West Brom forward Saido Berahino has lost his place in the squad, although there is a chance he could be included in the under-21 squad, which is announced later this afternoon.

In defence, Walker returns after a year-long absence, but there is no place for Glen Johnson, John Stones, or Danny Rose, who was described as the best English left-back in the top flight by his manager Mauricio Pochettino recently.

Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand misses out as Roy Hodgson has plumped for Luke Shaw, Kieran Gibbs and Leighton Baines as his left-backs.

Manchester United winger Ashley Young misses out despite his recent good form.

And the England manager has selected just two goalkeepers in Fraser Forster and Joe Hart.

Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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