Kane revels in dream debut

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Published: Saturday 28th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Harry Kane called this latest chapter of his fairytale season the best yet, having marked his England debut with a goal after a mere 80 seconds.

The 21-year-old had scored just one Premier League goal when Roy Hodgson’s men last took to the field more than four months ago, but his rise has been so rapid that the Tottenham striker’s introduction at Wembley was met by a standing ovation.

It did not take Kane long to get the sell-out crowd back on their feet as, with one of his first touches, he beat the helpless Lithuania goalkeeper , wrapping up a 4-0 win.

Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling netted the others, but the headlines belonged to just one man after this one-sided Euro 2016 qualifier.

Asked if he knew how long he had taken to open his account, Kane said: “Maybe a minute? Eighty seconds? Hey, it’s not too bad!

“It’s the start I dreamed of, it’s a little bit of a blur at the minute.

“It’s the best moment by far, to represent your country at senior level is the top. Hopefully I can keep doing it and it’s the first of many.”

It was a dream start which impressed Three Lions captain Rooney – a man who knows a thing about coping with pressure and scoring goals.

“It’s fantastic, international football’s different and to score after 80 seconds is incredible for Harry,” he told ITV. “We’re all delighted and hopefully it’s the first of many.”

The praise did not stop there, with former England manager Glenn Hoddle, working as a TV pundit, saying Kane has “every attribute” you could want.

Lithuania coach Igoris Pankratjevas called him “a great sniper, a great striker” in the post-match press conference, while England manager Hodgson also joined in with the praise.

“It is fantastic for Harry,” he said. “We’re so delighted for him.

“It is a bit of a fairytale, but it’s nice when fairytales come true and it’s come true for Harry.

“He’s crowned his England debut with a well-taken goal. Couldn’t be better really. It’s a very satisfying evening for us.

“I think it’s too early to put this pressure on Harry Kane,” Hodgson continued.

“We should just be happy that he has done so well for Tottenham and made a name for himself to get into the England set-up.

“That’s not easy to do as we have a number of good forwards but let’s be happy with that and leave the future predictions to the future.”

Published: Saturday 28th March 2015 by The News Editor

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