Tottenham's prolific striker expected to make his debut tonight against Lithuania
London: Harry Kane is expected to make his England debut in today's 2016 European Championship qualifier to Lithuania and already finds himself cast as English football's potential saviour.
Harry Kane in action during an England training session at Enfield Training Centre yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
With 29 goals for Tottenham Hotspur this season, the 21-year-old has become the Premier League's hottest property and his England debut is being billed as the most keenly anticipated since Wayne Rooney's 12 years ago.
An unassuming, happy-go-lucky character, Kane has repeatedly confounded expectations this season, netting doubles against Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as a hat-trick against Leicester City.
England colleague Michael Carrick has branded him "the real deal", but manager Roy Hodgson has warned supporters not to expect too much, too soon. "I do really hope people in general will have a more reasonable approach and say, 'Let's give this guy a chance,'" said Hodgson.
"He is going to have some good and bad games and hopefully he will have 10 or 12 years in the EPL and England matches in front of him. Let's not build him up to the best thing we have ever had or a flop on the basis of a month or two or a couple of games or so. But I am delighted for him. If he gets his chance to play in these games, I am sure he won't let anyone down."
With Daniel Sturridge sidelined by a hip injury, Kane could be asked to lead the line alongside captain Rooney as England look to preserve their 100 percent record in Group E.
Carrick, meanwhile, is in line to take over from the injured Jack Wilshere at the base of England's midfield diamond.