Tottenham youngster bidding to emulate teammate in England push

In-form Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane wants to follow in the footsteps of teammate Andros Townsend in his bid to attract England manager Roy Hodgson's attention.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is targeting an England call-up after scoring his first professional hat-trick in the club’s 5-1 Europa League win over Asteras Tripolis on Thursday evening.

Kane, 21, has scored seven goals in cup action this season, but the promising front man is still to make an impact in the Premier League, having made just four brief appearances for a total of 41 minutes.

However, with both Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soladado noticeably struggling for form, the under-21 international could be in line for more top-flight opportunities, and is eager to take his chances, just like teammate Andros Townsend before him.

‘My aim is to get into the senior England squad but I've got to just keep concentrating on my club football and do well every time I get the chance,’ he told UEFA’s official website.

‘Andros Townsend got his chance, was playing well and got his reward. It's great to see him get that trust and hopefully if I keep doing what I'm doing that might happen in the future.’

Kane also spoke of having to deputise in goal for the final moments of the match against their Group C rivals, following Hugo Lloris’s sending off for a foul outside the area, when he conceded from the resulting free-kick in somewhat embarrassing fashion.

‘I fancied myself in goal. I think I'm all right in goal but obviously not,’ he said.

‘Hugo obviously makes it look easier than it is. I don't think anyone else wanted to go in but I think someone will have to step up next time.

‘I was hoping the free-kick would hit the wall and I probably should have kicked it away.

‘I felt bad for the defenders who played well all night and Hugo, who was brilliant, but it happened and it's something I'll have to live with for the rest of my life.

‘I got hold of the match ball at the end – safe hands on that one!’

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