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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is seeking urgent talks with the FA over star striker Harry Kane’s international future with England.
Kane is almost certain to earn his first senior international cap with England this month, when they face Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifier, as well as a friendly with Italy.
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The Spurs manager has voiced his concern that, given this is the striker’s first season of regular first-team football, he could suffer from fatigue – if not given at least one month’s rest at the end of the season.
With such worries, the 43-year-old is after crunch talks with the FA over the treatment of the 21-year-old’s international career.
Kane is set to feature at the Under-21 European Championships in June – a month in which the senior side also have two fixtures.
“We need to speak with the FA. You always support the national team and we’re happy if our player is in the national team or Under 21s,” Pochettino is quoted by the Daily Star as saying.
“For us he is a very important player and we think he will be an important player for England. It’s important to take a decision all together to provide the best position for Harry.
“I’d prefer that Harry has a month’s holiday after the season to rest and recovery his body and mind. We need to arrive at a deal with the player and the FA.”
Pochettino will be desperate an agreement with the FA is reached soon – but given the woeful options up-front for England boss Roy Hodgson, the Spurs manager may have to accept the fact that his star man is needed elsewhere.