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Spurs’ boy wonder can expect England call after derby heroics

| 08.02.2015

There can be no doubts over the ability of Tottenham’s Harry Kane anymore. After putting Arsenal to the sword with a two-goal display that helped Spurs earn a 2-1 win over their arch-rivals, which moved above the Gunners in the Premier League, the striker can be assured of a place in Roy Hodgson’s next England squad.

With his 21st and 22nd goals of an incredible season, Kane was the catalyst to help Spurs overcome Mesut Ozil’s 11th minute opener and pick up a well-deserved three points at White Hart Lane.

The 21-year-old has become the poster boy for Mauricio Pochettino’s philosophy in north London this season and was again the embodiment of the highly-charged, frenetic pressing game the Argentine likes to adopt when Arsenal arrived.

Tearing around the pitch like he has done all season, Kane was being watched by England boss Roy Hodgson as he linked play, drifted wide, harangued defenders and then, in the second half, turned the game on its head.

His second goal, a superb header back across goal from Nabil Bentaleb’s pin-point cross, is surely enough to convince the England manager, and the rest of the country, that the Walthamstow lad is not just a bundle of energy with a wicked snap-shot from the edge of the box.

That header was the latest in a line of tricks Kane has removed from his finishing box this term, adding to the deft turn and slot against Chelsea and the any number of thumping finishes he’s hammered home from range.

With Hodgson a keen observer, Kane can now rest safe in the knowledge that he’ll be called upon for national honours when the former Liverpool boss names his squad for the European Championship qualifier with Lithuania and friendly with Italy next month.

Saido Berahino is proof that a purple patch is enough to earn you a place in Hodgson’s squad, but the size of the one Kane is currently experiencing makes it curious that the West Brom man was picked ahead of his U21 strike partner.

Having moved ahead of Arsenal into fourth in the table, Spurs are now 7/2 to remain there at the end of the season.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.