Former Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy on Harry Kane

Danny Murphy

The BBC pundit believes England should build their national team around the Tottenham striker.

Harry Kane scored his 21st and 22nd goals of the season yesterday for Tottenham Hotspur as he helped his club defeat Arsenal in the North London derby at White Hart Lane. The performance was yet another match winning turn from the 21-year-old, who is increasingly looking like the most unplayable striker in the Premier League.

Now, he has received huge praise from a former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder. Danny Murphy played at Spurs for 18 months between 2006-07, featuring 29 times for the club. Murphy told the BBC’s Match of the Day programme last night that Kane must be included in the next England squad, and that Roy Hodgson should build the team around him:

"Not just selected, but build the team around him.

“He's so young, but he's so powerful.

"I'm struggling to see a weakness in the lad's game."

England boss Hodgson was at the game yesterday, feasting his eyes on the excellent performance of the Spurs striker. England’s next game is at the end of March, when they take on Lithuania in a European Championships qualifier and Italy in a friendly in Rome. Kane certainly looks a shoe-in to be included.

Building the team around him?

It may be slightly premature for that. Kane surely has to start as the leading striker v Lithuania as he is the most deadly out there at this current time, while a lot will depend on whether Hodgson plays captain Wayne Rooney as a striker or in the midfield area he has more recently occupied for Manchester United.

Regardless, there is no doubt that Kane, injury permitting, must receive his first England call-up next month.

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