Ray Parlour explains the role he wants Harry Kane to play for England

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Arsenal legend Parlour wants Tottenham’s Harry Kane to play as a number 10 for England.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Ray Parlour has admitted he wants to see Harry Kane play just off the striker for England, taking up the number 10 position behind Arsenal forward Theo Walcott.

Parlour said: “There are a lot of options. You look at [Theo] Walcott, playing really well at Arsenal. Can he [Hodgson] put him upfront with Harry Kane playing just behind him. Harry can play that role, he’s a very intelligent player who can find different positions. When you see him play for Spurs sometimes he drops off deep into those little areas.”

Kane has certainly shown an aptitude for play off the main striker, although this season at Tottenham has been all about him leading the line.

The 22-year-old forward’s main aim has been all about goalscoring, and although he has struggled to find the back of the net this term - with just one Premier League goal to his name - his work rate and ethic has been second to none.

Despite his obvious strengths being in the penalty area, Kane has a surprising intelligence about him, and often looks to drop deep and play through balls for Tottenham’s wide attackers to run onto.

This could prove to be a wise tactic for Roy Hodgson to employ, as he looks to guide England through their Euro 2016 qualifying group unscathed. With Wayne Rooney out with injury, Walcott and Kane could form a formidable partnership, as Parlour suggests.

With Kane playing passes through the opposition defence, Walcott could utilise his impressive pace to break clear of the back-line, allowing him a numerous goalscoring chances.

Parlour’s suggestion may be one of the main ways England can bring some excitement back into their game, as Hodgson looks to discover his best team ahead of next summer’s European Championship.

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