Harry Kane has told talkSPORT he is hoping to be England’s number nine, as the Spurs striker prepares to head to the Euros with the Three Lions.
The 22-year-old forward is seen as the favourite to be Roy Hodgson’s first-choice attacker this summer, having hit 46 league goals in the last two seasons with the Lilywhites.
He has also netted four goals in just 10 appearances for England, and the majority view is that Kane is the best striker currently in the English game.
However, Kane has been given no promises that he will lead the line, although he has made it clear he wants the chance of being known as England’s number nine.
The young forward said: “I worked very hard to get into this position, but of course I want to be England’s number nine. I want to be starting for my country, as everyone else does, but we’ll see what happens.
“I know I’ve got to keep working hard and trying to impress him [Roy Hodgson] in training and the friendlies coming up, and he’ll obviously pick whoever he feels deserves to start upfront.”
Jamie Vardy has often played wide under Hodgson, and Daniel Sturridge is down the pecking order, meaning that the clear rival for Kane’s starting role as the central striker is Wayne Rooney.
The Three Lions skipper has struggled in recent months upfront, and Kane was questioned about the veteran potentially starting in a midfield role this summer.
He continued: “You’ve seen throughout his career that he’s not just a goalscorer; he can assist, he’s got a great pass on him.
“That’s down to the manager, where he wants [people] to play and who he’s going to play. But if he’s playing, he’s got that ability to put balls in and switch play, and like I said, he’s got a great pass on him.
“We’ll just have to see where he plays, and we’ll go from there.”