Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has tipped Harry Kane to become an England great.
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Kane is Tottenham’s leading scorer this season with 12 goals in all competitions.
The 21-year-old has quickly become a fans’ favourite at White Hart Lane and not just because he was born locally in Chingford.
He has endeared himself to Spurs supporters by working extremely hard on the pitch – during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Swansea City, he covered 13.1km – a distance no other Premier League player has ran in one game this season.
Kane, who was loaned out to Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City before making the grade at Spurs, has yet to make his senior international debut.
However, he has made a big impact at various youth levels.
He scored two goals in three games for England’s Under-17s, six in 14 for the Under-19s and one in three for the Under-20s.
His record for the Under-21s is what stands out though. He has hit the net eight times in just 10 appearances for Gareth Southgate’s side.
Kane is likely to feature for England’s Under-21s at Euro 2015 this summer, but Pochettino does not think it will be long before he makes the step up to Roy Hodgson’s team.
Pochettino told The Mirror: “Harry Kane has the potential to be a very great player in England. He scores, works hard and these are the principle values that he has.
“He is still young and you have to be careful with all younger players as he needs to develop his game and improve every day. He has to have the right mentality. It’s all new for him like every younger player. You have carefully manage young players.”