Harry Kane has all the qualities required of an England centre-forward and is ready to lead the line now, according to defender Gary Cahill.
The Tottenham forward is likely to earn his first start for the Three Lions at Wembley on Friday night having scored three goals in four substitute appearances.
The 22-year-old has had a difficult start to the season for Spurs, netting only once in eight Premier League matches, but Cahill, who captains England in their final home Euro 2016 qualifier, believes Kane is the man to replace the injured Wayne Rooney.
“You really get to know a player’s attributes when you train with them,” Cahill was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“He’s not scared to turn and try to run at you. His attributes as a finisher? Left foot, right foot, good with his head – so he’s got half a chance!
“Physically, he’s strong. He can be a target man. He can turn and take you on. He’s an exciting player; still young, still developing.”
“I do think he’s ready and he’s a great striker,” Cahill added. “Last year, he was fantastic. This season, he’s helped the team do well and, for us, training with him the last few days, you can see he’s a top class performer.”