Kane will play for England Under-21s this summer, says Southgate

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The Tottenham striker made an instant impact on his senior England debut on Friday but the youth side's boss says that he and Roy Hodgson agree on his summer plans

Gareth Southgate says that he and England manager Roy Hodgson are in agreement that Harry Kane should play at the European Under-21s Championship in June.

Tottenham striker Kane scored just 79 seconds into his senior international debut in a 4-0 victory over Lithuania on Friday, taking his tally to 30 goals for the season in all competitions.

England face a friendly against Republic of Ireland and a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Slovenia while the Under-21s are in the Czech Republic but youth boss Southgate is confident of having the Spurs star at his disposal.

"Roy and I know that the seniors are in a good group position and he feels that the experience of going to the Czech Republic in the summer will be more beneficial to Harry than the two games he has got," he told reporters.

"That is absolutely the case regardless of his displays between now and then.

"We are not short of good players in the seniors but, understandably, for Harry to be there this time, against Lithuania, was merited.

"We still feel we can give the players the best possible preparation to go into the seniors and achieve success if they have got the experience of the European Under-21s Championship behind them. That is still the case with Harry."

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