Spurs may have three players in England’s full international squad for the World Cup qualifiers but it’s hard to see Jermain Defoe and Andros Townsend getting too much in the way of game time. Kyle Walker may start both matches, despite a shaky performance against Ukraine last time out but it may be more interesting to turn to the under 21s where both Tom Carroll and Harry Kane are set to feature heavily.

The squad has two European Championship qualifiers coming up against San Marino and Lithuania in the next five days and Harry is looking for his first Under 21 goal after a prolific record in the preceding levels.

“It would mean a lot,” he said. “I’ve scored at every level I’ve played at and this would be another step. It’s something I’d love to do.

“If the manager selects me, I know there will be a chance to score and I’m confident I’ll go out there and get on the scoresheet.”

San Marino are about as strong at this level as they are in the full international set up but after their Under 21s beat their Welsh counterparts 1-0 last month, our youngsters won’t be complacent.

“We’ve got to deliver out there,” Tom Carroll added.

“We know they will get players behind the ball but we’ve got to be clever, patient and try to break them down. We’ll certainly look to get the ball forward and create chances.

“I’ve played in the last two games and felt I’ve done well, so I’m looking forward to hopefully being involved again. Hopefully we’ll both get some game time.”

For those of us who still watch international games to see how our players fare, it may be more worthwhile to switch to the Under 21s and take a look at the latest stage in development for this promising duo.



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