Hoddle: Kane on right track

Date published: Wednesday 20th May 2015 4:52

The Young Player of the Year has been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the European U21 Championship in the Czech Republic.

The Tottenham striker, who scored 79 seconds into his senior England debut against Lithuania in March, is one of few players with experience of Roy Hodgson’s squad to be included by Southgate, and Hoddle believes his selection is postive for all concerned.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: “I think he wanted it and that is the main thing. I know his agent went to the FA and said to them that if they wanted him he is prepared to play. That’s fantastic for the young man and that sets a great precdent for the future for others.”

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino had said Kane may have to miss the start of next season if he played at the European U21 Championships and Hoddle agrees there may be a ‘lull’ in the player’s development – whether he plays for England or not – but insists his future is going to be a bright one.

Speaking from the pro-am event ahead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, Hoddle added: “England will be delighted and hopefully he will get extra rest.

“He’s a young man so we don’t want to overplay him. But it’s a very positive decision for him and for England going forward if we want to get youngsters coming through the ranks.

“He will have a lull. He’s a young man and maybe people are too much from him. Every striker has a bit of a lull at some point. He’ll come back. Quality always comes back.”

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