QPR defender Todd Kane has emerged as a surprise target for international recognition by Scotland, whose manager Steve Clarke has been notified of the 26-year-old’s eligibility.
The Daily Record reported that Clarke has been made aware that the R’s right-back qualifies to play for Scotland through his father, while former England under-19 international Kane could switch to the Tartan Army as he has been uncapped at senior level.
The Daily Record added that the England-born defender had previously been approached by the Scottish FA while at Chelsea, but he declined their interest as he wanted to focus on his club career at the time.
Kane has featured in most of QPR’s games so far this season, although he has not been a consistent starter for Mark Warburton’s side.
He has started four of their 11 Championship games to date, including three successive matches in September, as well as making four substitute appearances. However, he did not make it off the bench in last weekend’s win over Blackburn.
He has had to battle with Angel Rangel for the right-back slot in QPR’s line-up and, across several metrics, the Spanish veteran appears to be performing better.
Kane has recorded match averages of one successful tackle, 0.5 interceptions, 0.6 clearances, 0.5 successful aerial duels, 0.3 key passes and 0.1 dribbles, with a passing accuracy of 69.9%. [via WhoScored]
He trails Rangel for every one of those metrics, with the 36-year-old posting match averages of 1.3 successful tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 2.1 clearances, 0.7 successful aerial duels, 0.4 key passes and 0.3 dribbles, as well as 81.8% passing accuracy. [via WhoScored]
Given that Rangel has outperformed Kane for so many metrics this season, it seems a bit surprising that Scotland would be so keen on getting the 26-year-old ex-Chelsea man to switch international allegiances.
However, while many fans may be fearful of their club’s players being called up to international squads in case they get injured while away, Kane could view a potential Scotland call-up as a strong show of faith in his abilities and grow in confidence in result, which in turn could help him to turn in improved performances for QPR and make a stronger case for a regular starting berth in Warburton’s team.
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