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    England striker Harry Kane believes he can form a dangerous partnership with Jamie Vardy if played up front together by manager Roy Hodgson.

    Kane scored 25 league goals for Tottenham this season with Leicester’s Vardy one behind and they could start in Sunday’s friendly against Turkey.

    “If we are playing together it will be very exciting,” said 22-year-old Kane.

    “If the manager puts us together we will be ready to go and try to score as many goals as we can.”

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    Hodgson has picked five strikers in his provisional Euro 2016 squad, but Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford will not face Turkey as they are on FA Cup final duty with Manchester United.

    Daniel Sturridge is also unavailable for the game at the Etihad Stadium having played in the Europa League final for Liverpool on Wednesday.

    In their absence, Kane and Vardy may get the chance to stake their claim in the first of three England friendlies before the start of Euro 2016 in France on 10 June.

    “We are different sort of players – he has got a lot of pace and can run in behind. That will probably allow me to drop off and get into space,” added Kane.

    Is there any bad blood between Kane and Vardy?

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    The strikers were rivals as their teams challenged for the Premier League trophy and, despite Kane winning the Golden Boot, Vardy won the league title.

    During the title race, Kane posted a picture of a pride of lions on Instagram as Spurs tried to hunt down Leicester.

    When Leicester’s victory was confirmed after Spurs drew 2-2 at Chelsea, Vardy responded with a scene from the Lion King film of Mufasa falling to his death.

    “We had a bit of banter over social media but everything is all good,” said Kane.

    “Winning the Golden Boot is always nice, it’s something I’m very proud of, but nothing has really been said about that (finishing ahead of Vardy).

    “He won the Premier League so there isn’t much I can really say. When I saw him I congratulated him on winning the league.”

    Hodgson’s midfield dilemma

    England rugby union coach Eddie Jones (left) visited England football team boss Roy Hodgson during the latter's Euro 2016 preparations<!–

    Central defender Gary Cahill is set to captain England against Turkey in Rooney’s absence and a key area of analysis for Hodgson will be the form and fitness of midfielders Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson.

    Wilshere made his only start of the season in Arsenal’s final game of the season, while Henderson returned after more than five weeks out as a substitute in Liverpool’s draw at West Brom at the same time.

    Wilshere has trained with the England squad since they joined up at St George’s Park, while Henderson was an unused substitute in Liverpool’s Europa League final defeat by Sevilla and joined up with his international team-mates the following day.

    “Jordan alongside Jack, I suppose, are the reasons why we’ve extended our squad from the usual 23 to 26,” said Hodgson.

    “We do need to assess them, we do need to be sure that if we’re going to select them they will be the Jordan Henderson, the Jack Wilshere that we know – not players who are unfortunately recovering to be that player again.”

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