Hodgson gives no assurance that Spurs striker will start

Roy says he's done his homework. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson has backed man-of-the-moment Harry Kane to succeed in international football - but stopped short of revealing whether he would make his debut against Lithuania.

Kane has scored 29 goals in all competitions for Tottenham this season and his scintillating form was rewarded with a first ever call-up to the England senior squad for Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley and Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Turin.

Hodgson remained tight-lipped about Kane's involvement in the two matches at Thursday's press conference, but suggested that he has done enough in training to be involved in some capacity.

But Hodgson stopped short of saying Kane would start despite scoring 19 league goals this season.

"We are very happy with Harry Kane. He has done well all week, and has not in any way damaged his chances of playing in the full senior team," Hodgson said.

"I'm pretty sure, over the course of the next two games, we're going to see him make his full debut.

"People have to wait and see when that is. Whether it's from the start tomorrow or on Tuesday or coming on as a substitute - people will have to wait and see."

England also play Italy away in a friendly on Tuesday when Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Manchester City's James Milner could be released back to their clubs.

"I haven't decided (on Sterling being rested for the Italy game), there's an obvious case for him and James Milner who's been playing for quite a while now with a knee problem," Hodgson said.

"There are those two and others who we will have to take a very serious look at. In Raheem's case he needs some specific treatment and who knows, if it goes well tomorrow night, the wise thing might be to give someone else a chance."