Harry Kane answers questions on fitness and possible transfer distraction

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It has not been a European Championships to remember for Harry Kane so far, even though he has captained England to a win and a draw.

England won their opening fixture against Croatia 1-0 before following up with a very scrappy 0-0 match against Scotland this weekend.

In both games, Harry Kane was unable to get on the scoresheet, barely touched the ball, looked a little off the pace and was withdrawn by Gareth Southgate before the full-time whistle.

This has led to pundit and former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, questioning whether Kane is still undroppable for England.

While Roy Keane also claimed that Kane’s performances may have been affected by transfer rumours this summer, after Sky Sports reported that the striker has told Tottenham he wants to leave.

However, Kane has now confidently denied that transfer rumours are affecting his game, while also hinting that he is trying to peak in the later rounds for England.

On the rumours, he said (Sky Sports): “Absolutely not. All my focus is on how I can help this team and how we can be successful in this tournament.

“I understand from a media point of view there is speculation but I am fully focused on the job here.”

On his fitness, he added: “Gareth [Southgate] is within his rights to make the changes he thinks are best for the team.

“What we’ve learned over past tournaments is about trying to peak at the right time. The best time to be peaking is in the knockout stages and hopefully, kick on from there.

“Maybe in Russia, there were times, towards the quarter and semi-final, when I wasn’t as sharp as I wanted to be. In the end, we didn’t get to where we wanted to go, maybe partly for that reason.

“It’s about managing the squad, making sure everyone is feeling as fit and sharp as possible. In my case, it was a tough couple of games and it’s about making sure I’m right for the rest of them.

“I didn’t have any issues. I didn’t feel physically I wasn’t up to it. I felt going into those games as good as I’ve felt all season, if I’m honest.”

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