Tottenham’s Harry Kane eyes secret goal tally and pivotal role for England at Euro 2016

Kane has scored 21 goals this season and Vardy 19 – his form has dipped with only one in his last eight and four this year, but he still looks sharp – while Welbeck has four in nine since returning from injury and Sturridge seven in 14.

It is a situation which, if each of them stays injury-free and their form holds in the remaining eight weeks of the season, will give the England manager a dilemma before he names his final squad for Euro 2016.

Kane should, by rights and on form, be England’s centre-forward in the 4-3-3 formation Hodgson favours. His decision rests on who will be partnered by the Tottenham star who represents England’s best chance of lifting the Golden Boot this season, though he is eight strikes behind Jonas of Benfica, and seven adrift of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Kane has 45 top-flight goals to his name and is only the fifth Englishman to notch 20 twice in a row in the Premier League after Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler and Alan Shearer. Shearer remains top of the all-time scoring list with 260 goals and Kane has him in his sights.

“It’s a lot of goals and I’m still a long way off,” he admitted. “Shearer was an idol of mine growing up. The number of goals he scored was incredible.

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