Kane is able to succeed

Spurs ace Harry Kane

Spurs ace Harry Kane

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England boss Roy Hodgson is hoping Harry Kane can quickly establish himself for England after handing the Tottenham striker his first senior call-up.

Kane has scored 26 goals in 42 matches to earn himself a place in the 24-man party for the upcoming internationals against Lithuania and Italy.

The 21-year-old was the only new face in the squad as Danny Ings, Ryan Mason and Charlie Austin were all somewhat surprisingly overlooked.

But Hodgson has proved with Ross Barkley that young players can force their way into his long-term thoughts if they prove themselves and the manager is hoping that Kane can make an impact.

“His rise has been fantastic since he broke into the Tottenham squad, he’s done so well,” he said.

“It would have been much more of a surprise had he not been selected than him being selected and we’re delighted to welcome him to the fold and try and help him establish himself, because he’s like a lot of the players in our squad.

“They are young but some of them have gone on, having been given their chance, to really establish themselves and we hope that is going to happen for Harry as well.”

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

Daniel Sturridge appears to be the main obstacle to Kane starting on his debut, with Hodgson impressed with the Liverpool striker’s form since returning from a five-month lay-off.

And with captain Wayne Rooney all but guaranteed a spot up front, it looks like a straight choice between Kane and Sturridge to play alongside him.

“Sturridge’s form is getting better and better I think,” Hodgson said.

“Obviously when you’re coming into a team again after a very long absence it takes a little while to get all of your faculties back working as you would want them to.

“But I thought in the last game that I watched him play there were very good signs that his touch was there and his sharpness was coming back, 
so we’re delighted that we 
have him back in the team and the squad.”