Premier League legends discuss why Kane should play for England U21s

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The Tottenham star's summer has been curiously debated recently, with calls being made for his participation at the U21 European Championships.

After England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate revealed his interest in selecting Tottenham striker Harry Kane for the country's European Championship in the Czech Republic this summer, two legends of English football told Sky Sports why that would be a good idea.

The topic of playing for the Under-21s has been a hot one in recent months, with Derby's on-loan winger Tom Ince electing to sit out from the squad despite the likes of Kane, who has scored 8 goals in 10 games at that age group, and Arsenal defender Calum Chambers appearing more than happy to turn out for Southgate's side.

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier stressed how important it is that the likes of Kane set a positive example to young players when it comes to turning out for England at youth level.

"Maybe one or two of the players feel they’ve played so much regular first-team football in the Premier League that they see it as a backward step," Le Tissier told Sky Sports.

"You can understand that a little bit perhaps in the case of someone like Raheem Sterling, he's almost an established international now - would sending him back to the U21s improve him that much?

"Harry Kane is a completely different kettle of fish and he’s a player who wants to go and play in the tournament, which is very important to Gareth."

Republic of Ireland favourite Tony Cascarino agreed that Kane's presence in the squad would help encourage others to want to play for the Under-21s.

"It gives the other players a lift to see someone like him turn up," he added. "The other players have no excuse if the top goalscorer from the Premier League is there.

"It gives Gareth Southgate a top player to bring the group together."

Tottenham star Kane, having netted 29 goals for his club this season, scored on his debut for the full England side on Friday, and could be set for his first start against Italy tomorrow. 

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