Harry Kane: Back Spurs and England sensation for player of the year glory

Man of the moment - Harry Kane celebrates his England debut goal
Man of the moment - Harry Kane celebrates his England debut goal
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It seems the world's got Harry Kane fever after the Tottenham man's debut goal. Ralph Ellis, who backed the 21-year-old in February at long odds to be PFA Player of the Year, can't understand why he's still odds against...

"I got all sorts of abuse on Twitter back in February when I suggested backing Kane at [8.0] to be the PFA’s Player of the Year. He’s now the [2.5] second favourite and frankly that’s still good value"

Everybody wants a slice of Harry Kane. Roy Hodgson will give him his senior debut tomorrow in Italy, Mauricio Pochettino will throw him straight back into Premier League action at Burnley on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate, meanwhile, has his name not so much pencilled in to his plans for the Euro Under21 tournament in the summer, as written down in large felt tip.

Then Nike will be wondering if they can find some time to shoot a commercial or two, there's a queue round the block of journalists hoping for a one-on-one interview, and another queue round the opposite block of companies who'd fancy the emerging young Tottenham star as the face of their brand.

Put the lot together and you get an idea of the whirlwind which is facing a 21-year-old boy who has become arguably the brightest young talent to burst into English football since Paul Gascoigne emerged at Newcastle in the late 1980s, or certainly since Wayne Rooney made his debut for Everton in the build up to Euro 2004.

Already there are worries about what could go wrong, yet there was something wonderfully inevitable about that debut at Wembley on Friday night. Preparing the next day's back page we were just beginning to think that the story was how Roy Hodgson's decision to make Kane wait for his debut had been proved right.

More than 60 minutes gone, the front three chosen ahead of the Spurs wonder boy had all scored, and all the clamour for Kane to be rushed into the starting line-up seemed like so much hype.

Then on he came, and 79 seconds later it was all about Prince Harry once again: The touch and the pass to start the move, the instinctive bit of movement to pull off his defender to find the space to meet Raheem Sterling's cross, the absolute certainty and accuracy of the header. No wonder he is just [3.45] to score at any time against Italy tomorrow.

I got all sorts of abuse on Twitter back in February when I suggested backing Kane at [8.0] to be the PFA's Player of the Year. He's now the [2.5] second favourite and frankly that's still good value because for all that [1.86] favourite Eden Hazard has again had an exceptional season, it is Kane who has set the tongues wagging among the pros.

It's hard to name another player who has had such an impact on one club. His 29 goals have dragged Tottenham up from a fairly average start to the season. He has forced Pochettino to pick him ahead of players who cost buckets of money, and he has delivered in most of the big games.

It might not even be too late for Tottenham to make up the six point gap on Manchester United for a place in the top four at the end of the season. Their last eight games all look like ones they could win - even their date with champions Manchester City is at White Hart Lane.

Of course there is a worry about burn-out. If Kane were to take the young Lions all the way to the final of their tournament in the Czech Republic he would end up having played in 60 games this season.

But at 21 he's fresh enough to handle all that. He is on a wave - and the best thing to do is just keep riding it.

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