Michael Carrick hails England teammate Harry Kane

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Harry Kane enjoyed his first training session with the England senior squad ahead of Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and has immediately earned the praise of Manchester United’s Michael Carrick.

Kane received the call-up from manager Roy Hodgson last week as a reward for a blistering season leading the line for Tottenham – further emphasised with Saturday’s Premier League hat-trick against Leicester City.

That took his tally for the season to 29 goals including 19 in the league – enough to have him level with Chelsea’s Diego Costa at the top of the scoring charts.

And Carrick for one has been impressed with Kane’s form this season.

“He’s gone up two or three levels. His performances keep improving,”
the midfielder declared.

“As the spotlight’s grown on Harry he seems to have grown and his performances have improved and improved,” added Carrick.

Kane’s chances of making his debut improved on Monday with the news that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will not be part of the squad for the games against Lithuania and Italy in Turin on Tuesday due to injury.

The 21-year-old still faces competition from skipper Wayne Rooney as well as Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck, who has impressed in an England shirt recently by scoring five goals in four Euro 2016 qualifying appearances.

Kane is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench but Carrick is certain there are big things to come from him.

“He looks like the real deal and I’m sure he’s got a big, big future ahead of him,” added the former Tottenham man.

England are strong favourites at 1.05 to win their European Championship qualifying group.

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