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Ramsey: Kane ready for England call

Chris Ramsey believes it would be "a dream come true" for Tottenham and QPR to see Harry Kane and Charlie Austin form an England strike force.

The Rangers boss and former Spurs coach challenged top-flight clubs to value English players just as highly as big-money imports with "exotic names".

Ramsey helped guide Kane from academy starlet to Barclays Premier League goal machine at Spurs, and reckons the Walthamstow-born forward fully deserves an England call-up.

Head coach Ramsey will face former employers Spurs in Saturday's league clash at Loftus Road, claiming he is "not kryptonite" for Tottenham despite inside-knowledge of the club's thriving youth products.

"That would be a dream come true for most people from those two clubs," Ramsey said of a Kane-Austin England partnership.

"I think they are both very good players, both hard-working, both very focused, and I'm sure that they would be a match for any defence if they played together.

"I think Harry Kane has been good enough for England for a while.

"We tend to bash a lot of the young players in and around the clubs.

"We tend to look at people from abroad and just automatically think they are better, just because they are from other countries with exotic names.

"It's not just Harry Kane I'm thinking of - I'm looking at loads of other clubs with loads of other English players that could be considered for the Premier League.

"Because managers are under pressure, they tend to stick to what would be seen as the tried and tested expensive players, when we do have a lot of good English players who could play in the Premier League, gain the experience.

"They can play on the international stage, and let's treat them the same way that we treat the more exotic-named players.

"Because if we don't give them the experience to play in the Premier League we're never, ever going to be able to have a strong national team. "

Kane is now on the verge of a call-up to Roy Hodgson's senior squad, but Ramsey admitted Tottenham came under fire for preferring the homespun striker to Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor last season.

Ramsey spent a decade at Spurs, ending up as a senior first-team coach, but left the club at the same time as manager Tim Sherwood in May 2014.

The 52-year-old hailed Kane's 24-goal haul at Spurs this term, and accepted relegation-battling QPR must be at their peak to contain the in-form frontman.

"First of all it was me, Tim (Sherwood) and Les (Ferdinand) who were involved in the coaching and the dealing with that," Ramsey said.

"Harry probably learned quite a bit from Les in the training sessions we did there.

"When you're working with developing players, you have to dream alongside the player: if you don't you're not believing in what you're teaching.

"Has Harry Kane surprised me? No.

"Sometimes you need an opportunity to play.

"When we played him at the back end of last year, the fans weren't having it, were they?

"They were trying to get the galacticos on the pitch.

"We had to stick to our guns and we got a lot of flak for it. "

Younes Kaboul, Emmanuel Adebayor and Etienne Capoue have not been involved since January, but Mauricio Pochettino says that does not mean their Tottenham careers are over.

After being appointed head coach at White Hart Lane last summer, the former Argentina international handed experienced defender Kaboul the captain's armband.

Hugo Lloris was named as one of his deputies alongside Adebayor, although the former is the only one of the three to have established himself as a regular under Pochettino.

Kaboul, Adebayor and fellow misfit Capoue all looked set to exit before the transfer window closed and have not featured since moves away failed to materialise.

It is now eight matches in all competitions since any of them were even an unused substitute, yet Pochettino indicated they were still in his plans.

"Always for every game it's my decision, my choice," the Spurs head coach said when asked about the trio at his Friday press conference.

"I think that you understand. In the end, all of our squad is fully fit and you need to pick players.

"I am happy with all, but if we have 26 or 27 players in the squad then more than 18 is impossible."

A return to the squad against QPR looks unlikely given Pochettino has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

The trip to Loftus Road will be their sixth match in a topsy-turvy 17-day period and one in which a win is needed to bolster their top-four hopes.

"We are expecting a very tough game," Pochettino said. "QPR is a strong team and we play in their home. "

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