Harry Kane battles Jamie Vardy for Euro 2016 place

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Harry Kane could well pip Jamie Vardy to this summer’s England starting XI in spite of the Leicester striker’s latest performances against Liverpool and Manchester City.

Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson could hardly contain his delight, in attendance as Vardy hit one of the goals of the season in the league-leaders’ 2-0 victory against the Reds, but he has plenty of competition in the form of Spurs’ own England star.

Kane himself made it onto the scoresheet as Spurs thrashed struggling Norwich 3-0 and then helped lead Tottenham to another win at the weekend - this time over Watford.


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Progress with England

The Lilywhites frontman already has an advantage over Vardy in that he has been steadily making progress in the England side for around a year.

However, it is possible that there is room for both talents in Hodgson’s squad. Wayne Rooney may have been hit-and-miss for misfiring Manchester United this season, but he is likely to be picked regardless, as England struggle for leaders in the dressing room.

Injury opens the door

Typically, Rooney would find himself alongside Daniel Sturridge, but his injury battle means it would take nothing short of a miracle for him to gain enough minutes on the pitch to get him ready for the Euros.

Danny Welbeck is similarly beset by an ongoing knee injury, though he may be back for Arsenal soon.

Hodgson is expected to include at least one of either Vardy or Kane in their place, though there is always the option of moving Theo Walcott up front.

In both men’s favour is that England will go into the tournament with relatively low expectations, and so there will be more room to experiment than there would usually be at a major tournament.

Kane's track record 

After the disappointment of Brazil 2014, Kane and Vardy can offer something fresh up front. If only one is selected, however, it is likely to be Kane because he plays so well on his own, and can offer a physical presence similar to that of Rooney.

Vardy has featured for England four times, but is yet to score at international level. Kane, meanwhile, has three in eight for his country.

Both have ultimately been pivotal in their respective sides’ success this season, but even as he continues his record-breaking season, Vardy still has work to do to displace Kane as England’s next go-to striker.

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