(Video) Harry Kane starts on the bench for England – Roy Hodgson reveals why

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane may be the joint leading goalscorer in the Premier League this season – having emerged practically out of nowhere for Mauricio Pochettino’s side – but England manager Roy Hodgson has decided to leave him on the bench for tonight’s game against Lithuania at Wembley.

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The 21-year-old has bagged nineteen goals from just twenty-six appearances in the top flight this campaign for Spurs, and was rewarded for his fine form with his first international call-up ahead of fixtures against the side ranked 94th in the world, and Italy next week. He will have wait slightly longer for his debut however, with Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck being selected to start ahead of him.

The England boss has gone for experience as he looks to extend his side’s perfect start to their qualifying campaign – which has already seen them win four consecutive games – with the front pair sharing over 130 caps between them.

Hodgson has suggested keeping with a successful formula is the reason why Kane doesn’t start.

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