Tottenham legend Clive Allen firmly believes Spurs striker Harry Kane possesses all the qualities to break into the England setup this season.
A product of the club’s academy system, the 21-year-old enjoyed loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City from 2011 to 2013, before the 2013-14 campaign saw him establish himself in the first-team at White Hart Lane.
Scoring three goals in 10 Premier League games, he also impressed in five appearances for the England under-21 side, netting a hat-trick in the European Championship qualifier against San Marino in November.
Again named in Gareth Southgate’s squad this week for the upcoming matches against Lithuania and Moldova, Allen, who coached Kane for a period at Spurs, believes he is more than talented enough to warrant a senior call-up, and thinks it won’t be long before he earns that honour.
‘He could. He’s a goalscoring talent. What he loves to do is score goals,’ he told talkSPORT.
‘He likes to get in the right positions and he works tirelessly. He’s got a great attitude. I did a lot of work with him at Spurs and just spending time talking to him you knew he had a big desire to succeed in the game.
‘He’s not the quickest, so he’s not blessed with exceptional speed but what he will always take up good positions. He’s got good feet and he can find the back of the net.’
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Given the start in Thursday’s second-leg of the team’s Europa League play-off tie at home to AEL Limassol, Kane missed an early penalty but later atoned for his error by netting the opener, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side sailed through to the competition’s group stage 5-1 on aggregate.
Allen believes it’s that perseverance which will see the frontman go far in the game and, having signed a new deal earlier this month to keep him at the club until 2019, is excited about his future in North London.
‘He's a young lad who missed a penalty but then he steps up and finds another opportunity not too long after that, and he fires it in the back of the net - that shows great character and a strong attitude of mind.’
While Kane has still to fully prove himself in the top-tier, England’s lack of options up top behind the obvious names like Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge means there could well be a golden opportunity to catch Roy Hodgson’s eye with an impressive run of form over the coming months.
However, judging by last season's stats, he will need to start becoming more clinical in front of goal and put away the big chances for that to become a reality.
Can Kane break into the England setup?