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 21-year-old Kane has netted 20 goals in his breakout season in the Premier League with one match still remaining.
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.
Head coach Gareth Southgate is clearly eager for Kane to take his league form to the Czech Republic for the tournament beginning June 17,
By naming Kane in the squad, Southgate risks the ire of Spurs bossMauricio Pochettino, who reportedly fears his striker’s potential burn-out after a long season.
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,
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.