Hodgson must drop misfiring Liverpool striker in favour of Tottenham prospect Kane

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England's game against Slovenia is fast approaching, and Roy Hodgson has a big decision to make.

Despite an immensely underwhelming World Cup campaign, England have bounced back with three wins from three games in the 2016 European Championships qualifying stage.

With eight goals scored and none conceded, Roy Hodgson's side are gradually making progress, with a new diamond system being used in midfield.

Almost a month after beating Estonia 1-0, England are back in action in just 11 days time, as they welcome Slovenia to Wembley.

That means that Hodgson will have to select his squad, and there will surely be a number of tough decisions for the England boss to make.

One of those should be to drop Rickie Lambert. After 28 goals in two seasons in the Premier League for Southampton, Lambert put himself in the England frame, and ultimately earned a place in the squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

His goalscoring exploits earned a move back to his boyhood club Liverpool, but after going 11 games without a goal, the 32-year-old is desperately struggling in front of goal - and unfortunately for him, there is a promising striker who deserves a chance instead.

Tottenham's Harry Kane has been in fine form this season, even if that was only in cup competitions until Sunday. Yet when presented with the chance to win the game for Spurs with an injury time free kick, Kane stepped forward to score - with the aid of a deflection.

The 21-year-old continues to develop at White Hart Lane, and with fears that he may choose to represent the Republic of Ireland, England need to make sure they don't lose him.

Yet calling him up to face Slovenia shouldn't be a tactical cap; far from it. Kane has impressed for the England Under-21's in their qualification for next summer's European Championships, and he's in far better form than Lambert.

Hodgson has set about bringing through a new era of players, and Kane certainly fits in that category. 11 years younger than Lambert, Kane is currently one of England's big hopes at centre forward - and Hodgson should be willing to give him a chance, especially with Group E already virtually sewn up for the Three Lions.

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