Harry Kane hails Marcus Rashford, compares teenager's rise with his own

The Tottenham Hotspur striker says he will look after the Manchester United teenager while the pair are on England duty.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has told talkSPORT that Marcus Rashford's rise to prominence has been comparable to his own, and pledged to act as a mentor for the teenager while the pair are on England duty together.

Rashford has burst onto the scene at Old Trafford in 2016, scoring twice on his senior debut against Midtjylland in the Europa League and racking up eight goals in 17 first-team appearances ahead of this weekend's FA Cup final.

That form has seen the 18-year-old named in Roy Hodgson's preliminary England squad for Euro 2016, where he currently joins Kane, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge, and Wayne Rooney as the five strikers.

Kane knows what it's like to enjoy a rapid rise to prominence, having scored 31 goals in all competitions in his first full season as a regular at Spurs last term, and following that up with 25 goals in 38 Premier League matches this campaign.

The 22-year-old sees similarities between his own breakthrough and Rashford's last few months, and says this makes him the perfect man to keep a watchful eye on the teenager on international duty.

Kane told talkSPORT: "Marcus has been brilliant. He has come into the [United] team with no fear and similar to myself got off to a good start, started scoring goals, and the confidence grew - and he has managed to continue that through to the end of the season.

"All eyes are going to be on him now. I haven't met him but I will meet him next week when he joins up with us and it will be good to talk to him.

"If he ever wants to talk or ask me questions then I am here. I have been in that situation."

Rashford has been named in the 26-man preliminary squad for this summer's tournament, but will almost certainly be the player cut for the final squad if Hodgson decides to take only four strikers to France.

However, with Three Lions captain Rooney having played in midfield for much of this season at club level, Hodgson may decide to keep Rashford as something of a wildcard, similar to Theo Walcott's inclusion for the 2006 World Cup.

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