Harry Kane ‘super positive’ on Tottenham outlook, says England boss Gareth Southgate

Harry Kane 'super positive' on Tottenham outlook, says England boss Gareth Southgate

Prompted by reporters over speculation about his future for Spurs ahead of Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Albania, Kane said “we’ll see where we go” after this summer’s European Championship.

Kane scored and assisted Mason Mount as England beat Albania 2-0 and faced Poland at Wembley in yet another qualifier for Qatar 2022 on Wednesday.

Subsequently, Southgate described a question of whether he wanted Kane to play in the Champions League next season as “a grenade” and said the striker had only been positive about Tottenham’s prospects for the rest of the countryside.

“What I liked about Harry this week is that he’s been very positive about everything,” said the England coach.

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“His take on the club’s situation is that they are three points away from a Champions League spot, with a League Cup final to look forward to.
“That’s the only thing he discussed with me.
“From our point of view, he led the group very well again this week. ”
Speculation about Kane’s future is driven by his desire to earn silverware, with Spurs aiming for a first trophy since 2008 in next month’s EFL Cup final against Man City.
Southgate admitted he wished more of his team could win silverware before Euro 2020 this summer, but stopped before saying he hoped the Spurs would beat the champions elected.
“I don’t think it would be particularly popular if I walked around and said that to [Man City quartet] Raheem [Sterling], John [Stones] and Kyle [Walker] or Phil [Foden]! ” he said.
“Of course we want all of our players to be involved in the success. But we have teammates playing against each other, so in many ways we can’t lose in that one. ”
Kane’s diving header over Luke Shaw’s cross in Tirana was his first England goal since November 2019, ending a string of sterile six internationals, and he became supplier in the second half, kicking Mount off with a clean pass.
“I’m glad he achieved his goal,” added Southgate. “I know it shouldn’t matter, but I remember when Alan Shearer was with me as a player and those months without matches add to that time when you didn’t. scored a goal in England so it sounds a lot worse than it sometimes is.
“It’s good that he was able to bury that. He was very unhappy with the one that also stood out from under the bar.
“So he’s in a good position, he’s in a good physical position and we’re happy to have him leading the game against Poland. ”
Broadcaster ITV’s team of experts, consisting of Ian Wright, Ashley Cole and Roy Keane, criticized Kane for falling deeply against Albania, even though he has more assists than anyone in the Premier League this season .
Southgate said: “I think Harry feels the moments to dive deep and create space for others and just give defenders a different picture or issue to think about.
“In my opinion his football intelligence is very good, the key is if he falls deep we have to have runners behind what we did with Raheem, Phil and Prowsy. [James Ward-Prowse].
“I don’t think that’s a problem per se, mixing the game up and giving the opposition different things to deal with is good. ”


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