‘He feels settled’ – Southgate makes Harry Kane claim amidst Spurs struggles

Gareth Southgate has insisted that Harry Kane’s poor form for Tottenham so far this season will not be an issue for England as the striker knows what is expected of him in the national set-up. 

Kane has struggled to perform at his usual standards for Tottenham this season after his move to Manchester City fell through during the summer transfer window. 

Some pundits have even claimed the 28-year-old does not look as though he wants to be at his boyhood club following the events of the summer. 

However, it has been a slightly different story for Kane at the international level, with the striker finding the back of the net for the Three Lions in each of their World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland last month.

Southgate has opined ahead of the clash against Hungary this evening that Kane’s success for England has to do with his role clarity and being familiar with the team’s tactical set-up.

The England boss told The Guardian: “What’s going on with his club is none of my business really. In terms of what we ask him to do, I think we’ve obviously got a settled way of playing here. 

“His teammates know him, he knows his teammates, he knows the patterns of play that we play towards. There are obviously some games that are against a lower level of opponent, where it’s slightly easier to score goals.

“But he’s scored against some of the biggest opponents for us. I can’t talk about the club but I think he feels settled in our environment. I think it’s an environment where he knows we have belief but we have pushed him. 

“We want improvement from the team all the time. Of course, as the captain, he knows he has to set the standard in the training sessions every day as well. I can’t fault his application and dedication to what we’re doing. He’s got a real desire to go well with us.

“Harry obviously scored three goals in three different matches for us in September so I didn’t sense any change in his approach with us.

“There’s a lot changes at the club, a new manager and new tactical formations. Like all players, there will be an adaptation to that.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Even though Kane scored three goals for England last month, I did not think he looked at his best in any of those games. So, there is certainly something that is off with the 28-year-old’s game. However, I am sure he will put this behind him and start banging in the goals for Spurs sooner rather than later.

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