Jan Vertonghen has told the London Evening Standard that Harry Kane can be the main man for England in the future.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker started this campaign as a young hopeful, but he has rapidly established himself as one of the Premier League's deadliest marksmen, with his reputation seemingly increasing by the game.
Vertonghen now feels that Kane has the potential to be his country's main striking hope, but the Belgian international defender has warned him about playing for the Three Lions' Under-21 side this summer.
England want Kane to be part of their U-21's European Championship squad, but Vertonghen feels that the demands could risk burning him out ahead of the next campaign.
“Of course England want him. He is a brilliant striker and he can be the main man, but I think he needs his rest for next season," he said.
“It’s his call and I know a player always wants to play but sometimes you have to be careful."
Kane has had a relentless schedule this season, as he has had to become Tottenham's main goal threat, but there can be no question that England's chances of winning the U-21 tournament would be increased with him in the team.
For too long England have not taken the major championships seriously at youth level and it has cost them in the long-term, as their youngsters do not develop together as a team.
It has led to the likes of Spain and Germany, who both take U-21 tournaments very seriously, jumping ahead of the them in international competition and England have realised their need for a chance of approach.
To successfully implement it they will need the co-operation of their leading players, though, and Kane looks set to face a tough decision about whether to represent his country or not in the coming months.