Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham striker Harry Kane could miss the start of next season if he plays for England at the Euro Under-21s Championship.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed a breakout season – scoring 20 Premier League goals for Pochettino’s side and becoming the first Spurs player to reach 30 goals in all competitions since Gary Lineker in 1991-92.
Despite making his senior international bow, Kane is set to play at the Euro U21s Championship, which begin on June 17, but Pochettino feels the striker will then need a rest before returning to domestic action.
“Harry is not tired, but the problem is, if you play a lot of games in the Premier League and the Europa League over a season, you expend a lot of energy,” he told reporters.
“It is not easy but it is not about tiredness, it is about next season. We can see him in the future being the number one, not just for us but for the senior England team.
“I don’t want to speak too much, but it is the FA’s decision. I am sure they will take the right decision for Harry and all the players with England.”
Despite his concerns, Pochettino said Kane would be part of the Tottenham squad to face a Malaysia XI and Sydney FC on May 27 and May 30 respectively.
“He deserves to go,” he said. “He will enjoy seeing a different country and it is one week to enjoy with our supporters in Australia and Malaysia so he deserves to go.”