Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish believes Tottenham golden boy Harry Kane should save himself for the England first team, not going to the Under-21 European Championships in Czech Republic this summer, as he is already a proven senior international, according to the Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old striker has scored 29 Premier League goals in a phenomenal Premier League season and won his first two senior caps for the Three Lions, scoring 80 seconds into his debut against Lithuania, though Roy Hodgson recently said he would play at the youth tournament.
Though the former Blackburn and Liverpool manager believes Kane has proven himself more than capable of making the step up to senior level, and he should be kept fresh for the full European Championships in 2016.
He said, “Harry Kane doesn’t need to go back to playing Under-21 football. He proved that the other night against a defence which included two players from Italy’s best team, Juventus – he didn’t look bad, did he?
“Playing Under-21 football this summer won’t help him. It will just tire him out.”
Dalglish went on to say that a player shouldn’t be rotated between the two squads and the under-21 team has done its job by producing someone ready for senior action.
“I don’t think the Under-21s is there to win tournaments – although it’s nice if you do, and you don’t want to encourage someone that losing is good.
“But it is more important you look at the individual, and if Roy Hodgson thinks Kane is going to be part of his squad for Euro 2016, then that is what they should be gearing towards.”
If Kane is to play in the Under-21 European Championship, as expected, then he will miss the friendly away to the Republic of Ireland and the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia for the senior team.