Kane wants to play in the Under-21s Euros, says Hodgson

The Tottenham striker is keen to be a part of Gareth Southgate's side's campaign for European glory this summer, despite the senior team's two games at the same time

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is keen to play in the Under-21s European Championship over the summer, says England manager Roy Hodgson.

The 21-year-old made his first appearance for the senior team on Friday, scoring instantly after coming on against Lithuania, but the youth team's boss, Gareth Southgate, had declared his confidence that he would be available for the end-of-season tournament.

And Hodgson believes that Kane would rather take part in a competitive tournament than join the senior team for a friendly against Republic of Ireland and Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia.

"Harry wants to go with the Under-21s," the Three Lions boss told reporters. "He wants to finish the job that he has done.

"He's had to work his way into the team and in my conversations with him it has been pretty obvious to me he would like to play in this tournament.

"Harry can play an important part and maybe help them go far. That certainly won't hurt his chances in the first team and I am happy to back him."

Some have expressed concern that Kane could get burned out by taking part in the championship after a busy season but Hodgson argues that it is not a serious issue for an international player.

"I've got to say I'm not a great lover of the burnout argument," he continued. "If you want to be an international player then you've got to accept football tournaments take place in the summer at the end of the season.

"In my lifetime, as soon as the season has finished, footballers have gone to tournaments. Anyone who wants to be a top-class international footballer and really believes he can help his country get to these tournaments can't then come and talk about burnout."

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