Tottenham Hotspur breakthrough star Harry Kane has proved that he is ready to make the step up to international football, England manager Roy Hodgson declared on Thursday.Tottenham academy graduate Kane, 21, has taken English football by storm this season with 23 goals in 35 appearances, including a pair of stunning braces in Spurs' recent victories over Chelsea and Arsenal. Buy Fifa 15 Coins Service on UTfifa15coins.

Hodgson will not name his next squad for over a month, but he has already seen enough of Kane and uncapped Burnley striker Danny Ings to know that they deserve a chance with the national team."Is he (Kane) worth a place in the squad now? Of course he is," Hodgson told journalists at a London hotel. "We brought a lot of young players in during my time.

"We had Saido Berahino in the last squad. He certainly deserves a place in the squad as much as, say, Saido did."If your question is, 'Is he worthy of a place like Wayne Rooney, (Danny) Welbeck and (Daniel) Sturridge, whoever?' Well, that's something he'll have to prove."But unless I give him a chance in the squad, he'll never get a chance to prove that anyway."Expanding on Kane's strengths, Hodgson added: "Really, he combines everything that you're looking for in a centre-forward.

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"Sometimes we've had to split centre-forwards up - this one is a target who doesn't run behind; this one runs behind, but he's not much of a target. With Harry, and with Ings, you've got the best of both worlds because both do both jobs."