Hodgson can't guarantee Spurs' Kane will make upcoming England squad

The national boss told Sky Sports that there are other players that he would be reluctant to drop.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane has been a revelation this season in North London. He has captured the hearts of the White Hart Lane faithful with his goals, assists and second-to-none attitude that has supporters frequently breaking out into choruses of: 'Harry Kane, he's one of our own'.

With his impressive performances, a call-up to the England squad seemed a formality, especially considering the good work Kane has already put in for the Under-21s, where he boasts eight goals in 10. England boss Roy Hodgson even recently told the BBC that the striker was, "everything you're looking for in a centre forward", before pondering, "Is he worth a place in the squad now? Of course he is."

But on Thursday night, the Three Lions supremo seemed to backtrack a little on the Tottenham star, telling Sky Sports that he would be reluctant to drop one of the forwards he picked for last November's games.

"Often if someone like Kane is going to come into the squad, then someone is going to drop out and up until now most of the players that we've had, at least in the forward area of our squad, have done quite well for us during the autumn, so you can't include everybody unfortunately," explained Hodgson.

"We can just about deal with a squad of 23, 24 players, so it's not always a question of are they good enough to be in there. It's more if there is space at this moment in time."

No player from the English top flight has scored more goals than Kane this season, with his 24 strikes two more than Manchester City's Sergio Aguero. In the Premier League, Kane is just three goals behind Chelsea's Diego Costa, and is battling with QPR's Charlie Austin to be the league's top-scoring Englishman. Of the players Hodgson picked last year, Rickie Lambert is the name that appears to have really struggled, with the former Saints star having scored just three goals in 28 games.

Perhaps Hodgson, in contrast to his earlier quotes, is merely trying to play down the clamour for Kane's selection, fully intending to pick the 21-year-old but only when it is time to announce the squad.

But one thing's for sure, given the surprising caps handed out to some players in the past, there will be big questions asked of the former Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool manager if he opts to leave Kane in the Under-21s, not least from the forward's passionate club fans.

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