Alan Shearer believes Harry Kane should be the first name on England's team sheet

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Former England and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer believes Tottenham's Harry Kane is Roy Hodgson's most important player for this summer's European Championships.

The 22-year-old burst onto the scene with 31 goals in all competitions last term, but despite his heroics, many believed him a one-season wonder and rebuffed suggestions he could be England's next big thing.

Fast forward a year, however, and Kane has replicated last season's form with 24 strikes in all competitions, 21 of which coming in the Premier League.


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As a result of his vast development, Shearer believes Hodgson should build his England side around the London-born striker.

The Three Lions boss has a wealth of striking talent at his disposal, including Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy and Theo Walcott, yet Shearer rates Kane above them all.

"Harry Kane should be the first name on the team sheet for England," he said, writing for Coral.

"I don’t think anyone can argue with that. The questions now are who plays with him if you play two up front? If you don’t, then who plays behind him?"

And he believes Kane's latest virtuoso display against Bournemouth on Sunday proves he has what it takes to perform when the heat is on.

"The pressure was on Tottenham after Leicester had beaten Crystal Palace on Saturday," Shearer continued. "But after 40 seconds it was basically game over when Kane got the opener."

Spurs went on to beat Bournemouth 3-0 and close the gap on league leaders Leicester City to five points, and Shearer pointed out that Tottenham have a host of young England players coming through the ranks.

"I’m reluctant to criticise Bournemouth because they have been a revelation this season," he added. "However, they looked like they were on their holidays in the game. Spurs were never tested but they did what they had to do.

"The England guys for Spurs were brilliant. Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Dele Alli were all absolutely superb."

Kane has often been compared to Shearer - who scored 30 goals for England - for his style of play, and the latter insists his countryman has what it takes to become one of England's best ever.

"Kane is just 22-years-old and already has 45 Premier League goals to his name and counting," he said. "He’s a top quality player and he’s going to be around for a long time."

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