Tottenham just cannot continue ridiculous stance over Harry Kane

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Tottenham must leave Harry Kane at home instead of taking him on post-season trips to Malaysia and Australia.

Tottenham Hotspur have a big decision to make regarding Harry Kane, and the FA will be paying close attention.

The Mirror reported last night that Spurs have agreed to play another post-season friendly, visiting Malaysia as well as Australia, and they plan for top scorer Kane to be a part.

The motivation for the friendly matches is to make money and increase commercial opportunities, using Kane to maximise this success.

Yet with England's under-21 tournament on the horizon this summer, Tottenham should relent for Kane's sake and leave him at home.

He has been outstanding this season in making his first team breakthrough, currently the Premier League's joint top scorer.

The striker has made 44 appearances this season, and is expected to be involved over the last seven games of the Premier League season, made captain in the 0-0 draw with Burnley.

There are real concerns about the striker being over-used and suffering burnout heading into next season, and The Evening Standard reported at the end of last month that head coach Mauricio Pochettino is undertaking an ongoing dialogue with England boss Roy Hodgson over Kane, who could also play for England's senior side in their June fixtures.

The problem Tottenham are creating for themselves, should they take Kane, the pressure on him to perform for England will only increase, and if he does not - the media backlash will also be felt.

Already they are coming under pressure to ensure he plays in the tournament, with Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker stating, reported by The BBC, it would be a 'disgrace' if high profile players are not cleared by their clubs and withdraw.

If Spurs also have serious concerns about wanting the striker to have a proper rest, they need to realise at this point he is going to be playing for England at one level or another, and they should take their own steps to give him a breather.

This does not include a 21,000 mile round trip to play in two needless games, and should make a decision for player and country's benefit, rather than using him to generate extra income.

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