Harry Kane to make first start for England vs. Italy on Tuesday
The most-hyped England national team prospect since Wayne Rooney will start up top with Rooney on Monday.
England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed as much on Monday, telling reporters that 21-year-old Tottenham striker Harry Kane will make his first international start in Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Turin.
"I can tell you that Harry Kane will make his full debut, playing from the start and Wayne Rooney will captain the team," Hodgson told reporters.
Kane's rapid ascent has been one of the major story lines of the EPL season. The striker joined Tottenham's academy at the age of 11 and started the season as a potential scoring option off the bench for the North London side. He then proceeded to force his way into the starting lineup and has scored 29 goals in 43 appearances across all competitions. Kane is currently the joint-top scorer in the EPL with 19 goals, along with Chelsea's Diego Costa.
"He has done fantastic so hopefully he continues that form with England," Rooney said. "It is a big night for him, his first start for England. I am sure he will be excited. He will go out and try to give his best and I am obviously excited to play with him and hopefully we can do well to hopefully help the team win."
Kane made the most of his first England cap earlier in the week, scoring shortly after coming on as a substitute in the Three Lions' win over Lithuania at Wembley Stadium.
England takes on Italy at 2:45 p.m. ET tomorrow. The match will be shown live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com.