Harry Kane's time is now, says Hodgson

The Tottenham striker has endured a hit-and-miss campaign at club level, scoring just once this season, but has been urged to make himself indispensable for the Three Lions

England manager Roy Hodgson has urged Harry Kane to seize the opportunity to take centre stage for the Three Lions with Wayne Rooney ruled out through injury.

The ankle problem suffered by the Manchester United striker means he will not face either Estonia on Friday or Lithuania on Monday, handing the Tottenham striker the chance to start in attack.

Kane, 22, has scored three goals in his four England caps to date and Hodgson believes the forward must not let the chance to impress once again pass him by.

"This is a big opportunity for him," said the former Liverpool boss.

"He has waited a long time for his chance, not least through the Under-21 championship, but when he got his chance he scored with his first touch.

"It is now, this autumn, that we have him exclusively to ourselves. We believed in him. He has got a good career ahead of him, so it is a nice he will get an opportunity.

"With Wayne out, he is in pole position."

Kane has been far from prolific at club level so far in 2015-16, scoring only once in 11 Tottenham appearances, having scored 31 times in all competitions last season.