Harry Kane Named in England Squad for 2015 UEFA Under-21 Championship

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16:  Harry Kane of Spurs applauds the fans during the Barclays Premier League match between  Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City at White Hart Lane on May 16, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tottenham's star striker Harry Kane has been named in the provisional 27-man squad to travel to the Czech Republic in June for the 2015 UEFA Under-21 Championship.

Kane is included alongside the likes of West Brom's Saido Berahino and Burnley's Danny Ings in the strike department.

Manchester United's 19-year-old left-back Luke Shaw is not included in the 27, nor is Liverpool's Raheem Sterling. The Telegraph's Henry Winter provided the full squad listing:

Henry Winter @henrywinter

#eng under 21s http://t.co/uZWGhjLTrt

The 21-year-old Kane has netted 20 goals in his breakout season in the Premier League with one match still remaining, per BBC Sport.

He earned a full international debut in March and will hope to form a deadly partnership with Ings and Berahino given the trio's respective form this term, per the Daily Mail's Sam Cunningham:

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Just the 44 Premier League goals this season between Harry Kane, Saido Berahino and Danny Ings ahead of the European Under 21 Championship.

Head coach Gareth Southgate is clearly eager for Kane to take his league form to the Czech Republic for the tournament beginning June 17, per Sky Sports News HQ:

Sky Sports News @SkySportsNews

Southgate: "Harry Kane has had a terrific season, he deserves the chance to showcase his talent." On #SSNHQ right now http://t.co/OxNkaI9hJ9

By naming Kane in the squad, Southgate risks the ire of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who reportedly fears his striker's potential burn-out after a long season, per the Guardian's Jamie Jackson. 

Along with Sterling and Shaw, Everton's Ross Barkley and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere are also notable absentees.

While Southgate concedes Shaw's fitness prevented him from being chosen, Sterling, Barkley and Wilshere could all have been included, per Winter:

Henry Winter @henrywinter

Southgate on Shaw's absence. "I've spoken to LVG. Luke was very keen to come but medically he's not going to be fit. It's a shame." #mufc

Henry Winter @henrywinter

Southgate said he “was able to” pick Sterling, Wilshere, Barkley etc but "we feel we should reward this group" #eng #u21s

Chelsea's talented youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek gains his first call-up to the team having recently made his Premier League debut for the English champions.

Southgate will eventually have to cut his squad to 23 before the start of the tournament in which England face Italy, Portugal and Sweden in the group stage.


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