Harry Kane is eyeing an England call-up after continuing his impressive rise with a hat-trick for boyhood club Tottenham.
After spending time away on loan and on the periphery of the squad, the 21-year-old was given a more important role during Tim Sherwood’s reign last season.
Kane has continued as a regular under successor Mauricio Pochettino, who was impressed by the striker once more as he netted a hat-trick in the 5-1 thrashing of Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League.
The England Under-21 international’s “eventful evening” did not stop there either, with Hugo Lloris’ late sending off seeing him end the match between the sticks.
Kane was disappointed to let the resulting free-kick slip through his grasp and, while Joe Hart has nothing to worry about, hopes his displays at the other end has given England boss Roy Hodgson something to think about.
“The No. 1 shirt is out the question, if I am honest,” he said. “That is where I want to get to and the senior squad is the aim.
“I just want to continue to concentrate on my club football, try to score and do well when I get the chance.
“[Andros Townsend] did very well – he got his England games when he was playing well.
“He got the reward. It was great to see that he got given that trust and hopefully if I keep doing what I am doing it can be my future.”
Having only made four substitute appearances this season, Kane knows he has to make more of an impact in the Barclays Premier League, yet his six-goal haul in the cup competitions will have piqued Hodgson’s interest.
Furthermore, the England boss will have no doubt been impressed by the forward’s displays for the Under-21s, having played an integral role in their impressive qualification for next summer’s finals in the Czech Republic.
“Under-21 football is important,” Kane said. “We have qualified for that so we can look forward to the championships.
“Any time you are on the big stage, or indeed any stage, as a striker you want to score goals.”
Kane’s hat-trick against Asteras was complemented, and somewhat overshadowed, by the extraordinary creativity of Erik Lamela.
The Argentina international’s second of the Group C clash was an impressive volley from an acute angle, but the first was one of the finest goals ever seen at White Hart Lane – a rabona strike from the edge of the box where he wrapped his left foot around his right leg to score.
“It was unbelievable technique for him to pull that off,” Kane said.
“For him to even try it on the big stage… I am delighted for him because both his goals were top, top finishes.
“I probably won’t be trying it – I will leave it to him. Same as I will leave goalkeeping to Hugo and Michel Vorm.”
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