The Mirror claims Harry Kane may have to wait for his senior England debut, with Roy Hodgson reportedly preferring him to go to the under-21 European Championship this year with Gareth Southgate’s setup.
Kane has been a key player for the England under-21 side, helping them achieve a route into the tournament later this year, which has also helped him to maintain the consistency he’s been building up in Tottenham colours.
Kane may find any request from Hodgson frustrating, but there are reasons that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino would be more than delighted for the striker to link up with the under-21 side.
The most obvious is because it slightly protects the profile of arguably his most important player.
The pressure and exposure changes for players who are in the England senior side, as they open themselves up to criticism from the entire country as opposed to a set of fans who follow their club.
Should Kane struggle for the senior side, fans from all clubs could get on his back and the danger is that it could affect him mentally, because he’s still a very young man making his way in the game.
Kane has been at his best this season when he’s looked most comfortable in an attack and that’s something that the under-21 setup gives him, because he knows it well.
It’s also a platform that should give him a better chance of maintaining the consistency he’s been showing at Spurs.
The step up between under-21 international football and senior international football is huge and there’s a good argument to suggest that Kane will score more goals playing for the under-21 side.
Strikers are players who thrive on confidence and Pochettino would prefer him to be in a team scoring goals rather than in a higher profile team, struggling to score and also having his confidence damaged.
It’s definitely a move in the right direction if Southgate is serious about winning the under-21 Euros and it’s a move that Pochettino is unlikely to have many issues with.