Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has suggested in the Daily Mail that Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is behind on his international development.
Kane has been Tottenham’s main man this season scoring an impressive tally of 24 goals in all competitions.
There is pressure on England manager Roy Hodgson to select him for the next senior squad, which would allow him to close the gap Keown has suggested currently exists.
“I believe Roy will pick Harry in his senior squad though I'm not sure if he will necessarily play,” said Keown.
“Tottenham will have to manage him carefully. His rise has been so meteoric that he is almost a bit behind on his international development.”
Keown comments seem to suggest he feels it would be wrong if Kane was denied the opportunity to play for his country at any level.
Sky Sports recently reported that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wanted talks with the FA designed around the idea that Kane wouldn’t play in the under-21 Euros this summer, allowing him a proper rest ahead of next season.
However, any international performances are significant for Kane, because he’s still a young man and a developing player.
One of the only ways he’s going to improve and become a more complete striker is if he’s exposed at the highest level and given the opportunity to develop his experience against in different competitions.
Tottenham have to try and protect their key players and most valuable assets, because Kane could become central to the club’s chances of success over the next few seasons.