Clamour for Kane inclusion heard as Hodgson has Harry in England squad
Tottenham’s 26-goal top scorer Harry Kane has received his maiden call-up to the senior England set-up for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and a prestige friendly away to Italy in Turin.
Hodgson said of Kane’s first selection: “I think the whole country is excited about Harry. His rise has been fantastic this season. It would have been a surprise if he wasn’t selected. We hope he can establish himself.”
Kane’s Spurs teammate Kyle Walker is recalled after recovering from a long-term pelvic and groin injury, and there is also a returns for Phil Jones and Leighton Baines in defence.
Southampton full back Nathaniel Clyne impressed in Walker’s absence, however, and is retained alongside Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill, Kieran Gibbs, and much-maligned Manchester United pair Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling.
Winger Andros Townsend is the third Tottenham player called up by Roy Hodgson, though he and Michael Carrick were in England’s last preliminary selection.
Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph also earns a recall following injury, and is joined in the engine room by Ross Barkley, Liverpool pair Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, and the versatile James Milner.
Alongside Kane and Townsend in attack are Liverpool pair Raheem Sterling and the fit again Daniel Sturridge, with Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck included with captain Wayne Rooney.
Hodgson has only selected to goalkeepers, Joe Hart and Fraser Forster, as Ben Foster is injured. Gunners pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are also on the treatment table, but Stewart Downing and Rickie Lambert have been dropped.
Youngsters Saido Berahino and Calum Chambers may yet be named in the Under-21 squad selected by Gareth Southgate, as the Young Lions prepare for European Championship tournament football in the Czech Republic this summer.
England squad to face Lithuania and Italy
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Defenders: Leighton Baines and Phil Jageilka (both Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling (all Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana (both Liverpool), James Milner (Man City)
Forwards: Harry Kane and Andros Townsend (both Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge (both Liverpool), Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck (both Arsenal).