Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted Harry Kane could miss the start of next season if he plays for England at the European Under-21 Championships this summer.
The young striker has been a revelation for Spurs this season and without his goals Pochettino’s men would have finished a good few places further down the Premier League table.
Pochettino says he is keen for Kane to get a month of rest before he returns for pre-season training, but that will be impossible if he gets the nod from Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate.
Tottenham are due to go on a post-season tour of Malaysia after Sunday’s final game against Everton, meaning he would only get 18 days of rest before the Championships begin.
A month’s rest after the tournament would see him miss most of Tottenham’s pre-season, meaning he would not be ready for the big kick-off on August 8.
“Could he miss the start of the season? Maybe,” Pochettino said. “But it is because of that I am sure the FA will take the right the decision for Harry Kane and for England.
“I am happy if Harry is happy. In the end it is a decision for the FA, we need to wait for the FA’s decision.
“If Harry asks me, I will say it is his decision. If you have the possibility to play in the Under-21s it is always the player’s decision.
“We can advise him but it is up to the FA and the player.”
Tottenham are priced at 3.02 to win at Everton on Sunday, with the home side 2.29 and the draw 3.31.