The 2014-15 season has been a breakthrough year for Tottenham forward Harry Kane. Not even halfway through the new Premier League campaign, the youngster has already overtaken the number of appearances and goals that he scored in the entirety of last year.
Kane's form has been a highlight of what has otherwise been a rather disappointing season for the Lilywhites so far. The installation of Mauricio Pochettino as new manager in the summer brought hope that the White Hart Lane club could kick on again this season, but they don't appear to have clicked just yet. Thankfully they're not the only top Premier League side that has struggled and so sit just four points off a top-four spot.
Their 21-year-old English forward, Kane, has been at the centre of all the latest Spurs talk after scoring his 12th in 21 appearances in all competitions in their resounding 4-0 Capital One Cup win over Newcastle United. His form has been so impressive that many, including Spurs legend Clive Allen, have called upon England boss Roy Hodgson to give him the nod when he announces his next England squad.
However, Pochettino's man won't be the only player under the spotlight when Tottenham and Burnley face off at White Hart Lane tomorrow afternoon. The Clarets will be looking towards Kane's fellow countryman, Danny Ings, to continue the fine form that has helped drag them free from the depths of the relegation mire. Like Kane, Ings' recent form has sparked the interest of Premier League spectators, with suggestions beginning to circulate that despite his club's low league standing, a senior call-up might not be too far-fetched.
Ings, 22, has been a teammate of Kane's in the England Under-21 ranks and now that both are firmly established as very important players for their respective clubs, they will be looking to make their mark on the senior international stage sooner rather than later. The Burnley man has scored three goals in his last five league games which is as many as Kane has managed all season domestically.
With goals from West Brom's Saido Berahino drying up and Rickie Lambert looking a shadow of his former self at Liverpool, tomorrow's clash could be a real audition for either Kane or Ings to stake a claim for their first senior England call-up.