Spurs legend's strong words for Hodgson regarding Kane

Harry Kane's form for Tottenham Hotspur this season has seen many calling for his England selection, with Garth Crooks offering some advice for Roy Hodgson.

Harry Kane's astonishing season for Tottenham showed no signs of slowing down this weekend, as the 21-year-old celebrated his call-up to the full England team with his first Premier League hat-trick, and former Spurs forward Garth Crooks was purring as he selected the youngster in his BBC Team of the Week.

It was Leicester City who were put to the sword in Kane's latest spectacle, and onlooking England boss Roy Hodgson was surely impressed as he ponders whether to start Kane in the upcoming international fixtures.

It is a decision that needs little deliberation, according to Crooks.

"If you are going to celebrate your first England call-up," said the BBC pundit. "Why not do it with your first Premier League hat-trick?

"Harry Kane's first goal in Tottenham's 4-3 thriller with Leicester was typical of a man in form, his second had a slice of luck, and his third was just sheer class.

"I agree with the opinion of BBC Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer that England manager Roy Hodgson must put him in the national team immediately and not dilly dally with him in the squad or on the bench.

"If Hodgson can blend Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Kane together over the next 12 months then England might be a force again."

The youngster's outstanding goalscoring form reached a new high with his treble, as he moved up to 29 goals for the season across all competitions, including 19 league strikes. That record means he is the Premier League's top goalscorer alongside Diego Costa and way ahead of anyone else when you factor in cup competitions.

It is no surprise that Crooks is insisting Hodgson selects the Tottenham forward in his side for the upcoming games with Lithuania and Italy, with there few other players across Europe that can boast such a record.

With England's other forward options leagues behind Kane in the goalscoring stakes, the sooner Hodgson finds a way to utilise Spurs' homegrown star in the country's starting eleven the better. 

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