Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon made a prediction over the international future of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, as he appeared on ITV yesterday.
Dixon was a studio guest for England’s European qualifier against Slovenia and before the game kicked off, he suggested that Kane was integral to the England setup over the next few years.
“It’s a shame Kane’s not here – I think he’s going to be the main feature of this side for the next three or four years,” he said.
Kane wasn’t part of Roy Hodgson’s side because of his imminent involvement in the England under-21 side for the under-21 European Championship, which starts this week.
Tottenham may have preferred Kane to feature for the senior side because it means he would have got a larger amount of rest before pre-season, heading into the competitive campaign.
However, England under-21 boss Gareth Southgate was always adamant about having Kane as part of his team and it will be an important summer for the development of the player.
Kane’s real challenge looking ahead to his immediate future is how he’s going to improve his standards and maintain the consistency that he’s already shown for club and country.
He’s a level above some defenders he’ll come up against in the under-21 ranks, but he’s going to be a marked man when the Premier League returns and through the international breaks over the first half of the season.
He’s got to try and look at developing something new in his game to put himself ahead of his rivals and the England under-21 side in a major tournament, isn’t a bad place for him to start experimenting.
If he gets it right, there’s no reason he can’t dominate for Tottenham over the next couple of seasons.