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Tottenham boss says Kane must decide his own England future

Tottenham head coach Maurico Pochettino says he will let Harry Kane decide whether to play for England U21s at the European Championships this summer.

The forward has 30 goals in all competitions for Spurs this season and last month scored just 79 seconds into his senior England debut.

If Kane does represent Gareth Southgate’s side in June, a decision FA Chairman Greg Dyke claims the 21-year-old will make, he is expected to miss two senior internationals.

“We need to talk with the FA and take the best decision for Harry,” said Pochettino. “But it is true Harry is like a hero now in England.

“When you speak about Harry it’s a good thing for all, I think all people smile. I speak about Harry, you smile; you speak about Harry, we smile.

“It’s easy to speak about Harry now, but Harry is calm and is focussing on scoring goals and helping the team and this is a very good thing.

“We need to all understand that it’s Harry Kane’s decision because after all if he wants to go and he believes it’s the best for him, you cannot stop him.”

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News HQ, England manager Roy Hodgson said he believes Kane playing for the U21s would be the right choice for Kane and backed him to avoid fatigue this summer.


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  • Tottenham boss says Kane must decide his own England future


  • Tottenham head coach Maurico Pochettino says he will let Harry Kane decide whether to play for England U21s at the European Championships this summer.

  • England manager Roy Hodgson backs Harry Kane for Under-21s


  • England manager Roy Hodgson maintains Tottenham striker Harry Kane is the right choice for the Under-21s in June, and has backed him to avoid fatigue this summer.

  • Greg Dyke says Harry Kane wants to play for England U21s


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