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Harry Kane In Middle Of Club vs Country Row: Under21s Want Spurs Man For European Championship

But Tottenham want him to have a proper summer break…

The Football Association are preparing for a battle with Tottenham over striker Harry Kane as they want him to represent the England under21s at this summer’s European Championship, the Daily Telegraph reports.

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The 21-year-old played a major part in getting the young lions to Czech Republic by bagging six goals in eight qualifying games and he has made no secret of his desire to see the job through at the end of the season.

However, Kane will partake in his 39th game of the season when Spurs take on Chelsea in the Capital One Cup Final on Sunday, and Tottenham are wary of him burning himself out too quickly.

The club want him to have a proper summer break so that he can continue his fine form next season.

But Dan Ashworth, the FA’s technical director, is planning to join England bosses Gareth Southgate and Roy Hodgson in allaying Tottenham’s fears.

“It’s our duty as a national association to try and get our best players and most appropriate players to go to every single tournament. We want to go to tournaments as competitively as we can. We want to win them,” he said.

“That’s not necessarily at the expense of ruining a relationship with a club or a player that’s played for three successive seasons and has never had a summer break. I’ve worked at a club [West Bromwich Albion] as well, so I do understand where they’re coming from.

“But obviously my duty and job is to do what’s best for England and hopefully help us win things at development level and senior level going forward.

“If he [Kane] continues doing what he’s doing, I’m sure that [senior debut] will happen at some stage. Look, Harry hasn’t been picked for one senior game yet so first and foremost, he’s got to continue what he’s doing with Tottenham, which is playing really well and scoring some goals.”

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