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Five hotly anticipated England debuts to match Harry Kane's

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Tottenham's Harry Kane is the latest player to be labelled an England 'must', so we take a look back at five other debuts that caught the imagination.

It is expected that Kane will play some part in Friday's UEFA European Championships qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley, and it signals the end of a remarkable rise to prominence for the 21-year-old Londoner who has scored 29 goals for Spurs this season and has jettisoned himself into that very occasional bracket of players who effectively demand an England debut. 

Kane's inclusion in Roy Hodgson's squad for this week's double-header against Lithuania and next Tuesday against Italy was the most predictable in recent times, so let's look back at some other recent names that had the media in a frenzy.

Glenn Hoddle v Bulgaria 22nd November 1979

Although Hoddle made his Tottenham debut in August 1975, it was three years before he became a truly top class player, not helped by Spurs being relegated in 1977. Hoddle played his part in Spurs being promoted at the first time of asking and by the start of the 1979-80 season his elegant passing and supreme ability to score spectacular goals made his inclusion in Ron Greenwood's squad for the Euro '80 qualifier against Bulgaria long overdue. The game was postponed because of fog at Wembley but was replayed the following night, and Hoddle scored in a 2-0 win.

Paul Gascoigne v Denmark 14th September 1988

Gascoigne had been playing top flight football for Newcastle United for three seasons before his 1988 transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, and it was the high profile move that finally convinced Bobby Robson to include him in an England squad after a string of Under-21 appearances. The media frenzy that surrounded Gazza was already in full flow, but his debut turned out to be a low-key affair, as he made a late substitute appearance in a 1-0 friendly win. It was not long before he became a regular starter, however, playing his way into the Italia 90 squad, and the rest is history.

David Beckham v Moldova 1st September 1996

It was the goal that Beckham scored from the halfway line for Manchester United against Wimbledon in August 1996 that really opened people's eyes to his talent. Prior to that he was one of many young players that had helped Alex Ferguson's team to a League and Cup double the previous season. England were well served in midfield in the lead up to Euro 96, but after that tournament and the Wimbledon goal, Beckham was forcefully backed as part of the 'new broom' that would build on the Euro 96 hysteria. Beckham played in a comfortable 3-0 win in Moldova and it was the first of 115 caps, but it took many ups and downs before he was accepted as an England regular.

Michael Owen v Chile 11th February 1998

Owen was part-way through his first full season in Liverpool's first team when he was called up for the February 1998 friendly versus Chile aged 18. It was his devastating pace and raw ability to find the net that couldn't be ignored, and Glenn Hoddle selected Owen to play a part in the 2-0 Wembley defeat. However, Owen's impact at Liverpool ensured he played his way in to the France '98 World Cup squad and at 18 launched himself on to the world stage with the destructive solo goal against Argentina.

Wayne Rooney v Australia 12th February 2003

Rooney had shot to prominence with a last minute winner for Everton against Arsenal at the age of just 16, and he became the youngest England player ever when he made his debut for Sven Goran Eriksson's side just a few months later at the age of 17 years and 111 days in February 2003. England famously lost the friendly international versus Australia at Upton Park 3-1, with Rooney being one of 11 half-time substitutions, most significantly replacing the fading talent of Michael Owen.  

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