Roy Hodgson has challenged Harry Kane to establish himself in the England team like Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have done, having named the Spurs striker in the squad to face Lithuania and Italy over the next international week.
Kane is the only uncapped player in the squad to face Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifier a week tomorrow and then Italy in Turin four days’ later. Danny Ings and Saido Berahino have been named in the Under-21s squad who have games against the Czech Republic and Germany.
On Kane, Hodgson said: “I don't think he has anything to prove because to get into this squad he has proven that he has got the qualities we are looking for. He is the right type of player with the right type of qualities and we know he is the right kind of man as well because we know a little bit about his character and the type of person he is.
"The thing he has got to do is play lots and lots of games. That's what he has got to do, he has got to keep doing it.
"He has broken into the Tottenham team and kept people like Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado out the team. He has been chosen in front of them because, obviously, the coach believes him to be the better man for the job at this moment in time.
Scotland 1 England 3 player ratings
Scotland 1 England 3 player ratings
1/22 David Marshall
Survived an early fumble from a Danny Welbeck shot but there was little he could do about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's header. 6
2/22 Steven Whittaker
Had a couple of shots blocked following short set-pieces, the right-back got little joy going forward in the second half but was dependable at the back. 6
3/22 Grant Hanley
The Blackburn centre-back's lack of mobility told at times. 5
4/22 Russell Martin
Came close with a header but found it difficult to cope with England's movement up front. 5
5/22 Andrew Robertson
Lost the first goalscorer and inadvertently set up the second but showed his character with an excellent first goal for Scotland. 5
Distribution was not as accurate as his man-of-the-match display on Friday and his misplaced pass and crude block on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ultimately led to England's second goal. 5
7/22 Scott Brown
Withdrawn at half-time after a decent if uninspiring display. 5
8/22 Ikechi Anya
Lifted the home crowd with a couple of early runs but could not make a telling contribution. 6
9/22 Steven Naismith
Was out on his feet at the end of Friday's win over the Republic of Ireland and lacked a spark both up top and just off the front. 6
10/22 Shaun Maloney
Was well off target when given a chance to shoot late in the first half, although from much further out than his goal against the Irish. Otherwise failed to threaten. 5
11/22 Chris Martin
Held the ball up well at times but was unable to make a major impact and rarely had the ball with his face to goal during his 45-minute run-out. 5
12/22 Fraser Forster
The former Celtic goalkeeper's defence allowed him one of his quieter 45 minutes at Parkhead but was exposed for Robertson's goal. 6
13/22 Nathaniel Clyne
The Southampton right back's well-timed tackles and ability to break quickly gave England an edge down his flank. 8
14/22 Luke Shaw
Dealt well with the threat of Shaun Maloney. 6
15/22 Gary Cahill
Came close from an early header and marshalled Martin well in the first half. 7
16/22 Chris Smalling
Totally comfortable in central defence and showed his confidence as the game progressed. 8
17/22 James Milner
A disciplined display in the anchor role. 7
18/22 Jack Wilshere
Floated an inch-perfect cross over the top of the Scotland defence to set up the opener and had a hand in both other goals, the Arsenal midfielder imposed himself on the game. 8
19/22 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Drifted into the goalmouth to head the opener. 6
20/22 Stewart Downing
Showed enterprise and control in central midfield. 7
21/22 Danny Welbeck
Caused some problems going forward in the early stages and put in a power of work to disrupt Scotland further back. 7
22/22 Wayne Rooney
Overtook Jimmy Greaves in the England scoring stakes with his 45 and 46th international goals. The skipper showed hunger and drive as he led from the front. 9
"He has just got to keep doing that. When I say he has got to prove himself, you break onto the scene, everyone sees your talent, everyone appreciate it but then, unfortunately, you've only really still made on step along the way. You can't say you've fully arrived unto you do it on a consistent basis."
Hodgson has shown loyalty to Andros Townsend, Luke Shaw and Ross Barkley, all of whom are in the squad despite indifferent from for their clubs. The former senior call-ups include Calum Chambers and John Stones who are both in the Under-21s squad with a view to them playing in the Under-21s European championships in the Czech Republic this summer.
Hodgson said: “We have to stay strong, if you like, to some extent to what we believe and what we see in players. Sometimes it is the moment to stick with those players. Shaw and Barkley are very good examples in this particularly get together.
"We believe in them, we believe they have got a future. We think they have done enough in their time with us to prove that quality and that potential. At this particular moment, both of them aren't having their best moments but rather than jettison them, we prefer to keep them onboard with us."
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