Harry Kane: Tottenham hope striker can miss Euro U21s

Harry Kane
Harry Kane is also eligible for the Republic of Ireland but wants to play for England

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is planning talks with the Football Association to ensure striker Harry Kane does not suffer from burnout.

Kane, 21, could be called up by England for this summer's European Under-21 Championship finals.

He has played 39 times for Spurs this season, scoring 24 times.

"Maybe I would prefer that Harry has a month's holiday after the season to rest and recover his body and mind," Pochettino said.

"We need to arrive at a deal with the player and the FA.

"This is my opinion but I realise we need to support the national team and to take the best decision for us all. This is our concern - he is our player.

"The FA need the player to play but at the same time they are concerned about the development of their own young talent."

Kane has yet to win a senior England call-up, but is expected to be in Roy Hodgson's squad to face Lithuania and Italy later this month.

Former England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce has claimed they do not give themselves a chance of winning youth tournaments because key players cannot be selected.

He could not select Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck, Jack Rodwell, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Kyle Walker for Euro 2013.

However senior manager Hodgson has said he is keen for his young players with England senior experience to play in the European Under-21 Championship this summer.

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