Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes that Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has a better chance of playing for England in the near future than West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino.
Both Kane and Berahino are 21 years of age and play for the England Under-21 side, and both have been tipped to break into the senior team.
Berahino, who has been linked with a £20m move to Tottenham this month, came to the fore last season but has not been in great form this term, while Kane is enjoying a remarkable breakthrough campaign, having scored seven goals and created 12 chances in 16 Premier League matches.
With England back in international action in March, there have been suggestions that both could be called up.
Former Newcastle striker Shearer is impressed with both Kane and Berahino, but he backs the former to make the England breakthrough first.
After a detailed analysis of the qualities of Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin, Burnley’s Danny Ings, Berahino and Kane for The Sun, Shearer’s verdict was: “At least two should make the next squad, but boss Roy Hodgson should select someone who he thinks is going to be there for the long haul.
"Kane has the best chance. He has an all-round game which is a cut above the rest.”
Hodgson has been giving chances to young players and did call up Berahino once, and he is likely to continue with this approach.
Austin has been in great form in the Premier League so far this campaign, but the fact that he is 25 years of age and is just coming to the fore could go against him.
Berahino’s future remains in doubt and he needs to find form again, while Kane is almost certain to be in the running if he continues to score.