Kane is “fantastic talent” – Cahill

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Published: Tuesday 24th March 2015 by The News Editor

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England duo Gary Cahill and Michael Carrick both sung 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 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 injury-enforced 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.

“He’s in top form in that league and I’m sure that he feels he’s ready to play, but of course it’s down to the manager and whoever he decides.”

Tuesday marked the first time the England squad had trained in 2015, with manager Roy Hodgson leading training at the national St George’s Park base.

Despite last playing together in November, Cahill claims their excellent start to their European Championship qualifying campaign is giving them a boost.

“I think it’s still a feelgood factor from the results since from the summer,” he said.

“We meet up positive. We refreshed our memory that we’re playing well and going in the right direction so we’re looking forward to it.

“It’s been a big gap but we’re back together now and we’ve got a good 10 days together to prepare for the two games.”

Carrick will be hoping to play against Lithuania after earning rave reviews from some media outlets for his role in United’s 2-1 over fierce rivals Liverpool at the weekend.

On the chances of him starting as a defensive midfielder against Lithuania, he said: “It is a certain position that I’m used to and suited to playing. So if that’s what manager wants to do then great – that’s where I’m comfortable.”

As for whether he has attempted to bait any Liverpool players, Carrick added: “That’s something I’ve never tried to bring up in England games.

“It’s done and dusted and we’re hear to achieve something else now and we’ll look forward now.”

Published: Tuesday 24th March 2015 by The News Editor

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