Roy Hodgson tells BBC what he likes most about Harry Kane

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England manager Roy Hodgson told Gary Lineker on Match of the Day that Tottenham Hotspur frontman Harry Kane is 'an all-round centre forward'.

Following the BBC's broadcast of the Manchester United and Preston North End game, Gary Lineker probed Roy Hodgson on the young English attacking talent in the Premier League before landing on the subject of Harry Kane. 

The 54-year-old former Leicester City striker is obviously impressed with the talented forward as he singled him out for individual praise. 

''I've got to ask you about Harry Kane,'' Lineker said. ''He's been outstanding in recent weeks, all season in fact - what do you like about his game?'' 

''He is very much an all-round centre forward,'' replied Hodgson on Match of the Day. ''He can play right up against a centre back, but he can also come off and see a pass. 

''In particular, when a ball is crossed, he is always looking to get on the end of crosses, he's  got the technique when the ball falls to him in the back of the net.'' 

When probed to whether Kane would be in the next England squad, Hodgson delivered and told viewers that 'if all goes well, and he stays fit then yeah he will be in the next squad;' which is what the majority of supporters were hoping to hear. 

The Spurs forward has been in emphatic form this season and despite Pochettino's early reservations over his ability to play week in, week out in the Premier League. Kane has quickly shot up the top goalscorer ranks, with 13 Premier League goals in 15 starts, and now sits just four off current top goalscorer in the division, Diego Costa. 

Nevertheless, in all competitions the Spurs man is the highest goalscorer currently at a top-flight English club. And since the the turn of the year only Messi has scored more goals in the Europe's top five leagues - Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga. 

The form of Kane has come as a timely boost for Hodgson, who won't be sweating over the form of Welbeck, fitness of Sturridge and the position of Rooeny so much now as he has a striker, in-form, who he can build around.

The obvious test for Kane now is to stand the test of time. He has had an unprecedented burst onto the scene, but now it will be the consistency levels that will be judged and tested rather than his ability. Hodgson, along with every other English and Spurs fan, will hope it's not a flash in the pan and the Chingford-born striker is the real deal.

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