England manager Gareth Southgate says Tottenham striker Harry Kane is ‘in a very good place’ after what has been a turbulent summer for both club and country.
A move to the Etihad failed to materialise in the end, which prompted the 28-year-old to announce his intentions to remain at Spurs for this season.
Spurs coach Nuno Espirito Santo has been careful with how he has dealt with the situation, initially starting Kane from the bench to kick off the season. Since then, he has played his way back into Nuno’s side, to help Spurs improve to three league wins from three games.
Many Spurs fans have been concerned about Kane’s dedication to the club now, following his botched move away this summer.
But England boss Southgate has insisted that won’t be the case for Kane, and praised the forwards resilience in the process.
Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “I’ve had good discussions with him this week but also the way he’s been on the training pitch… he’s been totally focused.
“It was helpful from our point of view that everything was resolved a week or ten days ago because we weren’t sure how much football he’d play and if he’d be match sharp.
“From a football and physical perspective he’s in a very good place and mentally he’s a resilient guy.
“He’s very much accepted the situation. He’s looking forward and knows that he can still have a very good season with Tottenham – it’s a fabulous football club with very, very good players.
“It’s not as if he’s at a small club that can’t achieve anything and with us he’s proud to be England captain and has been a critical part of what we’ve done over the last four years, his goalscoring record has been incredible.”
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Kane’s search for a way out of the club certainly caused a storm, and it is no surprise that a lot of fans were unsure about his commitment following the whole debacle. But now his short-term future is a lot more secure, he can get back to focusing on the task at hand.
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