English Premiership

Shearer: Kane should start for England

2016-03-23 18:52
Harry Kane (Supplied)
Harry Kane (Supplied)

Cape Town - Former England captain Alan Shearer is adamant Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane should start for England at the 2016 European Championship in France.

Kane has scored 21 goals in 31 league appearances this term for the north London club, to follow up his breakthrough season in 2014/15 in which he scored 21 times in 34 Premier League games.

After failing to score in his six opening Premier League games earlier in the campaign, the striker came in for harsh criticism with some tipping him as a one-season wonder.

The 22-year-old is currently at the top of the scoring charts, leading Jamie Vardy by two goals, and Shearer believes the striker has done enough to claim a regular starting place in the England national team squad.

"Harry Kane is on fire this season. He should be an automatic in the England team now," Shearer told the BBC's Match of the Day 2.

Before establishing himself in Tottenham's first team, Kane spent time on loan in League One playing for Leyton Orient, in the Championship playing for Millwall and Leicester City and in the Premier League for Norwich City.

He became a regular starter and goalscorer for Tottenham in the last season, winning the Premier League Player of the Month award twice, for January and February 2015, and he was also named the PFA Young Player of the Year.

The striker's contribution has led his team to second place in the Premier League, five points behind pace-setters Leicester City with just seven games of the season remaining.

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