Tottenham have been left fuming after England manager Roy Hodgson decided to call-up Spurs striker Harry Kane. The 21-year-old has made the cut for the first time, after scoring 26 goals in all competitions this season.
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Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino has already criticised the Three Lions boss, and warned him to avoid overworking Kane, but Hodgson has now hit-back, describing the Premier League club as hypocrites.
Kane has already made 42 appearances for Tottenham this season, while he’s also featured four times for Gareth Southgate’s England Under-21s. However, he’s still due to take part in a club friendly in Australia at the end of the month.
Hodgson, who was quoted by the Daily Star, said: “Personally speaking, playing for England at under-21 level at a tournament is more important than a friendly in Australia.
“I would be very hypocritical if I didn’t give that answer. If he needs a rest, there’s a great opportunity when the season ends before our under-21s get together to give him a rest.
“You can’t expect me in good faith to say, ‘oh no, I understand he shouldn’t be rested for the Australia trip, he should be doing that and then resting when the under-21s pitch up.’ I can’t go along with that.”