Kane backs Ings for England

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (right) and Burnley's Michael Duff (left) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Burnley. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (right) and Burnley's Michael Duff (left) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 5, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Burnley. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Spurs striker Harry Kane has backed Clarets leading scorer Danny Ings to crank up the competition within Roy Hodgson’s England set-up.

Kane netted within 79 seconds of his international bow, scoring the final goal in England’s 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying Group E triumph over Lithuania after replacing Wayne Rooney in the 72nd minute at Wembley.

The 21-year-old, who has scored 29 goals in all competitions this term, was then handed his first start for his country in the 1-1 draw against Italy in Turin last week.

Kane, who notched the opener in Spurs’ 2-1 win over the Clarets at White Hart Lane in December, hit a hat-trick for Gareth Southgate’s Under 21s on the night that Ings made his debut against San Marino at the Olimpico Di Serravalle 18 months ago.

Following the stalemate at Turf Moor at the weekend, Kane said: “He’s a great player, obviously I know him well from the under 21s, he scores goals, his movement is great and he showed that today.

“He’s a great prospect for English football and hopefully he continues to do well.

“There are a lot of great strikers here at the moment, English strikers especially, which is great for the country.”

He added: “It’s great competition and we’ve all got to work hard to maintain our place and see where it takes us.

“He’s a great player and that’s down to the boss and his choice, we’ve both just got to keep working hard, as do the other strikers who are trying to get a place in the team, and just see what happens.”

Kane was handed the captaincy for Spurs in the 0-0 draw against the Clarets, becoming the youngest player to skipper a side in the Premier League this season.

The Premier League’s joint top scorer alongside Chelsea’s Diego Costa said: “You could say it’s the best week of my life; to score and get my first start and then obviously captain the side today.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t get a win but it’s been an unbelievable couple of weeks and something I won’t forget for the rest of my career.

“It was a tough game today so all credit to Burnley. They played very well. We found it hard but it’s a point gained and we need to move on.”