Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Glenn Hoddle has written in The Daily Mail that Harry Kane’s next step in his career is to gain international recognition.
The 21-year-old striker improved his bourgeoning reputation as a top-quality striker with an impressive brace in the 2-1 North London derby win over Arsenal.
Kane's two classy finishes took his tally in 2015 to a total of eight goals in all competitions, matched only by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi across Europe’s top five leagues.
Plaudits have been raining down on him over the past 24 hours, and it seems like there is nothing standing in his way in his bid to reach the very pinnacle of the world’s best strikers.
However, at just 21 years of age, his development should be taken bit by bit. But what is the next stage in Kane’s flourishing career? Former Tottenham boss Hoddle seems to think he has the answer.
“Harry Kane has to be in the England squad next month. He’s made the step at every level. England is the next natural stage of his development,” he explained in The Daily Mail.
“To play in his first north London derby and score twice is extraordinary. When you’re looking at a youngster, you bring them into first-team training to see what they can do against your experienced players.
“And if he copes with that, you take the next step and put him on the pitch. Then you find out for real and the player finds out as well.”
The Three Lions face Lithuania in a European Championship qualifier in late March before taking on 2006 World Champions Italy in a friendly – perhaps the perfect opportunity for Kane to win his first cap.
The Spurs striker has made 12 appearances for the England U21 side, proving his ability by finding the back of the net 13 times including a brace against France.