Kane gets Delph vote


Published: Sunday 29th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Fabian Delph has revealed Harry Kane is set to get his vote for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.

Tottenham striker Kane scored 79 seconds into his England debut against Lithuania on Friday night, adding to the 29 goals he has already got for Spurs this term.

Delph is also an international newcomer, having only made his senior debut last September, but has not been taken aback by his team-mate’s rapid rise.

“I can believe it, he’s a really hard worker, great talent, still young, still got time to progress as well,” the Aston Villa midfielder told a press conference. “But he’ll keep his feet on the ground and I’m sure he’ll keep pushing on.”

Asked if Kane would get his vote in the end-of-season Player of the Year awards, he said: “I think he’ll get my vote, there’s obviously a few contenders. I’ll pick wisely and I can’t see why I wouldn’t pick Harry.”

Defender Chris Smalling admitted Kane would be on his shortlist too.

“I don’t want to say my vote just yet, but he’ll definitely be in the running,” the Manchester United man said.

Delph and Smalling also said they hoped Roy Hodgson, whose long-term future has been the subject of much speculation, would continue as England boss after Euro 2016.

“Of course,” Delph said. “He’s been great for me, he’s brought me into the squad and he’s got a good relationship with the boys.”

Smalling added: “E ver since I’ve worked with Roy he’s been one that’s shown a lot of faith in all the players, especially the young players. We’ve all enjoyed our training with him.”

The win over Lithuania continued England’s 100 per cent start to the qualifying campaign and Smalling said the goal was to win every match in Group E.

“That would be the ultimate goal and the manager has stressed that in our meetings,” he said. “He sets very high standards and we need to make sure we stick by them, but so far so good.”

England face Italy in a friendly in Turin on Tuesday and Smalling admitted Hodgson’s men would have revenge on their mind after their defeat to the Azzurri at the World Cup.

“N o-one forgets what happened there and it’s stuck in our thoughts,” he said.

Smalling’s club contract expires at the end of next season and the 25-year-old has been linked with a summer move away from Old Trafford.

Asked about the speculation over his future, he said: “T hat’s one I’ve not even really discussed with anyone. It’s a case of the manager’s showing his faith in me, I’m playing, I’m happy.

“I’m enjoying it, I’ve always enjoyed playing for United, especially at the minute. If I can contribute as we are now then I’m happy to stay for as long as they want me.”

Asked if there were any contract negotiations under way, Smalling added: “N ot that I’m aware of, I don’t really take care of that.”

Published: Sunday 29th March 2015 by The News Editor

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