England manager Roy Hodgson told FIFA.com that 21-year-old forward Harry Kane is worth a place on the team's squad right now.
Kane, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur, has yet to make his debut with England's senior international team. He's been a member of several of the country's junior teams, most recently England's Under-21 team.
"Is he (Kane) worth a place in the squad now? Of course he is," Hodgson said. "We brought a lot of young players in during my time.
Hodgson said while the young Kane is ready for a place on England's squad, it doesn't yet mean Kane deserves a place like those of the team's stars.
"If your question is, 'Is he worthy of a place like Wayne Rooney, (Danny) Welbeck and (Daniel) Sturridge, whoever?' Well, that's something he'll have to prove."
"But unless I give him a chance in the squad, he'll never get a chance to prove that anyway."
In 35 games across all competitions this season, Kane has scored 23 goals for Tottenham, including 13 Premier League goals in 21 games. He has previously played on loan with Leicester City, Norwich City, Millwall and Leyton Orient.
- Molly Geary