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Delph: Spurs striker is best player in the league

Fabian Delph has revealed Harry Kane is set to get his vote for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.

Tottenham striker Kane scored 79 seconds into his England debut against Lithuania on Friday night, adding to the 29 goals he has already got for Spurs this term.

Delph is also an international newcomer, having only made his senior debut last September, but has not been taken aback by his team-mate's rapid rise.

Harry Kane scored on his England debut. Credit: PA

"I can believe it, he's a really hard worker, great talent, still young, still got time to progress as well," the Aston Villa midfielder told a press conference. "But he'll keep his feet on the ground and I'm sure he'll keep pushing on."

Asked if Kane would get his vote in the end-of-season Player of the Year awards, he said: "I think he'll get my vote, there's obviously a few contenders. I'll pick wisely and I can't see why I wouldn't pick Harry."

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Sir Alex pays tribute to Spurs legend Mackay

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has led the tributes to Dave Mackay at his funeral in Edinburgh.

Ferguson recalled his one game against the former Scotland international during the service.

Dave Mackay was laid to rest in Edinburgh. Credit: PA

"I was playing for Queens Park reserves against Hearts reserves at Tynecastle and the great Mackay was playing because he was coming back from a broken toe," the retired Manchester United manager said.

"He tackled me and I thought 'Christ', but in those days you had to get up no matter what.

"So I got up, had a look at that big barrel chest of his and he just said 'are you alright, son?'.

"That was a great memory, the only time I played against Dave Mackay and I'll never forget it."

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Spurs defender withdraws from England U21 squad with black eye

Eric Dier has had to pull out of the England U21 squad. Credit: PA

Tottenham defender Eric Dier has been ruled out of the England Under-21 international against Czech Republic through injury.

Dier suffered a black eye in Spurs' 4-3 win over Leicester on Saturday and the area has swollen up badly.

The Football Association (FA) announced on Monday that the 21-year-old would remain with the north London club for assessment this week.

Dier will therefore miss Friday's friendly in Prague, but he could return for the Young Lions' match against Germany at Middlesbrough three days later.

The FA also revealed Boro's on-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford and Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson had withdrawn from Gareth Southgate's squad for the double-header through injury.

West Brom's Saido Berahino was also ruled out with a foot problem over the weekend so Southgate has called up Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow instead.

Hodgson critical of Spurs plans for Harry Kane

England boss Roy Hodgson has criticised Tottenham, claiming they should not be taking Harry Kane on a 21,000-mile post-season trek to Australia if they think he needs a rest.

Hodgson doesn't want Kane to play in Australia. Credit: PA

Having started the season as Spurs' third-choice striker, few expected Kane to score 26 goals for the club.

But now he is the club's poster boy and, for that reason, the north Londoners are determined to take him on their post-season jaunt to Australia, where they will play Sydney FC in a friendly on May 30.

Hodgson is not so keen on the idea, however.

This is a marketing game as far as I can understand," the England manager said. Personally speaking, playing for England at Under-21 level at a tournament is more important than a friendly in Australia.

I would be very hypocritical if I didn't give that answer. If he needs a rest, there's a great opportunity when the season ends before our Under-21s get together to give him a rest.

You can't expect me in good faith to say: 'oh no, I understand he shouldn't be resting for the Australia trip, he should be doing that and then resting when the Under-21s pitch up.' I can't go along with that.

– England manager Roy Hodgson

Hodgson makes admission over Spurs striker Kane

Harry Kane looks set to earn his first England call-up on Thursday when Roy Hodgson names his squad for the upcoming internationals against Lithuania and Italy.

Kane can't stop scoring for the Lilywhites. Credit: PA

Kane has been in fine form for Tottenham this season, scoring 26 goals in 42 matches.

The 21-year-old is the top English scorer in the Barclays Premier League and Hodgson all but confirmed the striker would be in his squad for the double-header at a briefing in London last month.

Is he worth a place in the squad now? Of course he is.

I think he's got the qualities that you're looking for in a centre forward. If you can be a star at a top team like Tottenham at the age of 21 then you're doing pretty well.

– England manager Roy Hodgson
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