By Coral Barry
Teddy Sheringham believes Harry Kane has to start at the European Championships for England and should be picked ahead of Jamie Vardy.
The Tottenham striker picked up the Premier League’s Golden Boot award after a wonderful season for Spurs, and 25 goals to show for it, and Sheringham has suggested he is the man best suited for the lone striker role England need.
Kane is competing with Premier League champion Vardy for a starting place in this summer’s competition and Sheringham thinks compared to his rival, the Spurs frontman has the edge.
“It makes more sense to play Harry Kane with Wayne Rooney in behind and leave Jamie Vardy on the bench for England,” said Sheringham writing in his Paddy Power column.
“If you assess everything that Kane and Vardy can both do – they can both run the channels, they can both score from long distance, and they both get goals with their right foot.
“However Kane is better on his left foot, Kane is better in the air, and Kane is better at receiving the ball.
“Vardy’s pace is probably exceptional and that makes him different, but Kane has something more to his game and at international level you need that.”
Kane scored in England’s victory over Turkey on Sunday, but missed a penalty after Vardy was brought down in the area.
The Tottenham striker enjoyed a decent game regardless of the miss and the 24-year-old will be hoping he has done enough to convince manager Roy Hodgson that he is capable of leading England’s line.
And Sheringham is convinced the 22-year-old is destined to be much more than just England’s best player at the tournament.
He said: “Can Kane challenge for the Golden Boot at Euro 2016? Yeah, of course he can.
“If he hits a run of form like he did in the league then absolutely. If he scores a couple of goals in the group stage and England get a nice draw in the Round of 16 then he’ll be bang in the mix.
“You need everyone confident and in-form once you hit the knock-out stages, particularly your strikers, as that is when it all gets a bit tense.”
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