Gareth Southgate has revealed that Harry Kane is upbeat about Tottenham’s prospects this season with the North Londoners having already booked their place in the Carabao Cup final and find themselves just three points off the top four.
Tottenham were heavily criticised following their Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb two weeks ago.
On the back of that result, Kane’s future at Spurs has been called into question.
The striker admitted last week that he is fully focused on finishing the season strongly with Spurs and England, and would only think about his future after the Euros.
Some considered those words to be a potential hint that the 27-year-old is on his way out of Tottenham.
However, Southgate has revealed that the England captain still believes that it can be a fruitful season for his club side.
The England boss told The Evening Standard: “What’s pleased me about Harry this week is that he’s been super positive about everything.
“His view of where the club are at is that they’re three points off a Champions League place, with a League Cup final to look forward to. That’s the only thing he’s discussed with me.
“From our point of view, he’s led the group really well again this week.”
Southgate has previously said he wants more members of the squad to have experienced winning silverware.
When asked if he hopes Spurs get the better of Manchester City in next month’s final so that Kane can get a medal leading into the Euros, he responded: “I don’t think that would be particularly popular if I walked in and said that to [Man City quartet] Raheem [Sterling], John [Stones] and Kyle [Walker] or Phil [Foden]!
“Of course we want all of our players to be involved in success. But we’ve got teammates playing against each other so in many respects we can’t lose in that one.”
Kane ended a spell of six games without a goal for the Three Lions when he headed Luke Shaw’s cross into the corner of the net against Albania.
Southgate said about the striker’s first-half goal “: I’m pleased that he’s got his goal. I know it shouldn’t matter but I remember when Alan Shearer was with me as a player and those months without matches add on to that period where you’ve not scored an England goal, so it sounds a lot worse than it is at times.
“It’s good that he was able to bury that. He was very unfortunate with the one that came off the underside of the bar as well.
“So he’s in a good place, he’s physically in a good place and we’re pleased to have him ahead of the game against Poland.”
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One does get the feeling that Kane will stay at Spurs should we either win the Carabao Cup final or manage to sneak into the top four as either accomplishment will demonstrate some progress. However, should we be beaten by City in the final and find ourselves missing out on the Champions League for a second consecutive season, the England captain will likely be tempted to jump ship.
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