It recently emerged that in form Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been called up to the England national squad. Kane was notified by text shortly after midday on Thursday.
Rumors from the England headquarters and sections of the media in the last few weeks all pointed towards the youngster being given an opportunity to prove himself at international level. The Chingford-born forward has made 10 appearances for the England U21 team, scoring eight goals.
Kane has impressed on lookers this season becoming the Premier League's top goalscorer, with 19 goals. The London born striker was named in Roy Hodgson's 25 man squad to face Lithuania at Wembley in their Euro 2016 qualifier next week before a friendly in Italy on 31 March. Kane will join Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck as England's attacking options.
The striker has always dreamed of playing for the national child since a young age. In a recent interview the striker admitted to being a blubbing England fan during the heartaching exits from major tournaments over the years.
Kane recalls: ‘I remember the European Championships in 2004. Wayne Rooney was a special player in that tournament and I definitely cried when we got knocked out then.
‘I watched all the games in the pub with my family. We used to go to a place called The Sirloin in Chingford, it was quite a good atmosphere in there. I’m a very patriotic England fan, actually. I always wore my heart on my sleeve.
The ability of the striker is nothing new to those in the game. Others saw his potential. Tottenham staff recall Les Ferdinand’s prediction that Kane would play for England and Jermain Defoe insisted the young man should wear his No 18 shirt when he left.
Kane will now look to make an impact in the senior side as he has with Tottenham to secure his place. Competition from QPR's Charlie Austin will keep the striker on his toes as limited places in England's forward line up are fiercely fought over.