Should England call up this Spurs youngster to prevent him playing for Ireland?

According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur youngster Harry Kane could be set to pledge his allegiance to the Republic of Ireland.

Tottenham Hotspur have made a bright start to life under Mauricio Pochettino, and they bagged a well-earned point in the North London derby last weekend, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rescuing a point for Arsenal after Nacer Chadli had put Spurs in front.

One of the big differences between the Pochettino era to that of Andre Villas-Boas is that the spending appears to be far more calculated. Up and coming players such as Eric Dier, Ben Davies, DeAndre Yedlin and Benjamin Stambouli all arrived over the summer, which Spurs taking a different approach to the gaudy transfer fees under Villas-Boas' reign - which unsurprisingly ended in disaster.

Pochettino was appointed at White Hart Lane off the back of his work with Southampton, where a number of young players flourished under his stewardship. Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw earned moves to Arsenal and Manchester United this summer after impressing last term, whilst other stars such as James Ward-Prowse, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez all blossomed too.

The key thing they all have in common is that they are English. Shaw, Lallana and Rodriguez earned their first caps for the Three Lions whilst on the South Coast, whilst Chambers has been included in Roy Hodgson's squad since his move to Arsenal, with Ward-Prowse surely not far off a call-up himself.

A number of Spurs players will now be hoping that Pochettino can work his magic on them too, with Dier in particular earning plaudits and 'future England star' tags. Yet Hodgson may be pressed in to urgent action if he is to keep one Tottenham youngster in his plans in years to come.

According to reports, striker Harry Kane could switch his allegiance to the Republic of Ireland, with boss Martin O'Neill seeking talks with the player's parents over a possible call-up. Kane, 21, has hit five goals in seven games for Gareth Southgate's England Under-21's, whilst he's also found the net three times in seven outings for Tottenham this season.

Kane may not get the praise of other youngsters such as Ross Barkley, John Stones, Raheem Sterling or even the aforementioned Chambers and Shaw, but he's one of England's top centre forward prospects right now, and has flashed the ability to be a future contributor for Hodgson's men over his time at White Hart Lane.

In order to keep in the white of England, Hodgson may need to hand Kane a call-up to the first team and play him in a qualifier against someone like San Marino, where a victory is all but guaranteed. Featuring in a competitive game will rule out the prospect of him turning out for Ireland in the future, and whilst Kane may never be a star of the England attack, it would be foolish of Hodgson to take a risk and leave him to England's neighbours.

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