Search

Kane: I’ve proved I can be a lone striker for Spurs - and I’ve shown my character

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:06 29 August 2014

Harry Kane celebrates his opening goal in the 3-0 home win over AEL Limassol in the Europa League last night

Harry Kane celebrates his opening goal in the 3-0 home win over AEL Limassol in the Europa League last night

EMPICS Sport

Harry Kane believes he proved that he can play as a lone striker against AEL Limassol last night – and he also feels he passed an important test of character after his missed penalty.

Kane played behind the striker as a No10 in the first leg of the Europa League play-off in Cyprus last week, impressing with a dangerous display and scoring his first goal of the season.

Last night, in the return leg at White Hart Lane, the 21-year-old was deployed up front as a No9 in place of Emmanuel Adebayor, who was rested.

Kane missed an early spot-kick, having had to wait for eight nerve-wracking minutes after Limassol keeper Karim Fegrouche was injured and stretchered off - but he continued to make chances and scored the opening goal in the 45th minute.

Given that Spurs currently only have two other options as a lone striker – Adebayor and Roberto Soldado – Kane feels he has proved that he can lead the line if necessary, and that he can recover quickly from a setback.

“I played No10 last week and got my goal, and I’ve played as a No9 this week in a different sort of role, but again I got my goal,” he said. “I’m happy doing both, I just want to be on the pitch playing.

“There’s competitions for places and I have got to take my chance when they’re given to me. Ade is doing well at the minute and, as a team, we’re doing very well.

“I don’t know quite how long it was [waiting for the penalty] but it felt like ages. It’s one of those things - I went for power down the middle and the goalkeeper stuck a leg out and unfortunately he saved it. I’m happy to get on the scoresheet.

“When I missed the penalty, I thought to myself ‘let’s see what you’ve got about yourself’.

“I felt confident that I was going to take my next chance and I was able to do that. If I keep getting chances, I will score goals.

“As a striker you want to be scoring every time you step on the pitch. It was great to get that goal - that’s two in two starts now this season and hopefully I can continue this form and see where it takes me.

“I’m not kid any more, I’m 21 now and hopefully I can establish myself in this team. We’re playing well as a team, we’re playing well together and we’re looking forward to the games to come.

“When you’re playing well and scoring goals, you can’t wait for the next game to come. That’s how I feel at the moment, I want that next game and I want to be on the pitch showing everyone what I can do, so I certainly feel more confident.”

While Roy Hodgson has selected a number of uncapped players for his senior England squad – including Tottenham’s Danny Rose – Kane has been picked for the Under-21s again.

However, the striker insists he wasn’t disappointed and wasn’t expecting a call-up.

“I think it’s a bit early,” he said. “I have just got to keep focused on what I’m doing here. It’s great to be called up to the Under-21s, so hopefully I can do well in those games and continue my good club form.

“Danny’s been playing great this season and it’s great to see him get called up. Andros [Townsend] got in there last season and again this season, so it shows they’re doing the right things. It shows that if you’re playing well, the manager [Hodgson] will pick you.”

Kane is also eligible to play for Ireland through his grandparents, but he says there is no chance he will switch allegiances – and that he is happy to wait for Hodgson’s call.

“There’s no decision there,” he said. “Obviously I’m playing for England’s Under-21s at the minute and I want to break into that senior squad.

“But I’m just focused on what I’m doing at my club and we’ve got a big game on Sunday [against Liverpool]. Then we go away and hopefully there’ll be a couple more goals.”

Kane will be joined by three other Tottenham players in the England Under-21 squad – Eric Dier, Tom Carroll, who is on loan at Swansea, and Alex Pritchard, who is on loan at Brentford.

“It’s great for the four of us to get the call-up,” says Kane. “It shows we’ve been doing well and it shows the reward - and it’s good to have your mates alongside you when you go away at international level as well.”

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 17:22

England boss Gareth Southgate has hailed Harry Kane after the Spurs forward grabbed a late winner to send the impressive Three Lions through to the UEFA Nations League finals.

Yesterday, 16:15

England hosted Croatia at Wembley in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday. Read on for Layth Yousif’s match report.

Yesterday, 16:09

Arsenal maintained their 100 per cent FA WSL record with a 4-0 win over Everton in Southport.

Yesterday, 15:58

England hosted Croatia at Wembley in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday. Read on for Layth Yousif’s PLAYER RATINGS

Yesterday, 15:51

Hendon made their longest ever League trip, to Tiverton on Saturday, and returned to London with a point from a goalless stalemate.

Yesterday, 13:01

Wingate & Finchley endured a frustrating afternoon at Nyewood Lane after slipping to defeat to Bognor Regis Town – despite twice taking the lead either side of the break.

Yesterday, 10:48

Arsenal want to be part of any discussions on a future European Super League, but deny they would break away from the Premier League it a new competition comes to fruition.

Yesterday, 10:31

Great Britain’s women were defeated 2-0 by Australia in their second match at the FIH Women’s Champions Trophy in China.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now