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Kane back on duty for Spurs after firing England into Nations League semi-finals

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 November 2018

Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane scores the winner for England against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane scores the winner for England against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

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Spurs face Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, just days after forward netted winner for Three Lions at national stadium

Harry Kane will want to get among the goals for Tottenham Hotspur against Chelsea in the Premier League at Wembley on Saturday, just days after scoring a crucial goal for England at the national stadium.

The captain of the Three Lions scored a late winner in a 2-1 victory over Croatia that sent the national team through to next summer’s UEFA Nations League Finals in Portugal.

The triumph came just 130 days after an agonising World Cup semi-final defeat to the same opponents in Russia.

And Kane believes the triumph is a sign of how far England have come under manager Gareth Southgate.

Kane told Sky Sports: “It’s unbelievable. We wanted to do this so badly. It was disappointing after the summer. To get the win was special. One of the biggest goals I’ve ever scored? For sure.

“I think it shows how far we’ve come. We’ve finished top of this group and shown what we’re capable of. A huge thank you to the fans.”

Kane now has a chance of captaining his side to international silverware at next summer’s finals in Portugal.

The Nations League was met with derision from all corners when first announced, but it seems the first edition has been a huge success.

And Kane is desperate for England to cap it off by becoming the first-ever winners of the Nations League.

“It’s definitely an opportunity for us. It’s another semi-final, two wins away from winning a trophy, so whoever we play will be a tough game when you look at the other groups,” he added.

“We are going to have to beat another top nation, but we have shown we can do it.

“It is a great feeling, I said the other day, nobody really knows how big this competition is going to become, you don’t really get many opportunities to win a tournament in an England shirt, so we have got to try and take full advantage of that.

“And it’s another semi-final for the fans to look forward to as well.

“We are professionals, we want to win everything we do, whether it is a new tournament or an old tournament we want to win. It’s a chance to win a trophy in an England shirt so we are going to try and do that.”

But before he can ever begin to ponder next summer’s finals in Portugal, Kane will first hope to fire Spurs to derby glory on Saturday.

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