Ex-Tottenham coach believes that Arsenal star is Kane's perfect partner

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur coach Clive Allen thinks that a partnership of Harry Kane and Arsenal's Theo Walcott will work well for England tonight.

Former Tottenham Hotspur coach Clive Allen has told TalkSPORT that he believes Arsenal's Theo Walcott could be Harry Kane's perfect partner up front.

Kane and Walcott are set to be named as the striking duo for England in the Three Lions' friendly match against Italy tonight, and Allen believes the pair could work well in tandem.

He says that Walcott's pace means that he will complement Kane well and he expects the combination to be effective.

“Walcott’s strength is running in behind defences, he wants service put in front of him that he can get on to, and he could link quite nicely," Allen said.

“One of the strengths Harry has, which he has definitely improved since coming into the Spurs side, is he’s happy to drop deep and link play but most importantly he ends up in the right position in the penalty box. When you look at the balance between those particular players, there is no reason why it wouldn’t work.”

Walcott and Kane will both be determined to impress tonight, because they will want to win a regular place in the England team.

Roy Hodgson has shown a tendency to select players that have proved they can perform well in an England shirt, and Walcott and Kane will be looking to show the Three Lions boss that they belong at this level.

The chances of the Walcott and Kane partnership being a long-term one appear limited at the moment, regardless of how well it works tonight.

England boast a number of striking options, with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge also in Hodgson's thinking.

It means that this evening's experiment is only likely to be a short-term measure, but if Allen is correct in his prediction, it could be that Hodgson has a selection dilemma in the future.

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