Tottenham are primed for a Premier League table tussle with north London rivals Arsenal heading into the new year.
Spurs have not finished ahead of Arsenal in the league since 1995, and Spurs striker Harry Kane conceded he cannot remember the last time Tottenham claimed the north London bragging rights.
“I know how much it would mean to everyone around the club to finish above Arsenal,” said Kane.
“I wouldn’t really remember the last time Spurs finished above Arsenal if I’m honest, it’s been a long time and we’re trying to put that right this season.
“To hear them sing my name when I came onto the pitch, it makes me quite emotional.
“I was a fan once singing Teddy Sheringham and Robbie Keane’s name.
“It definitely helps, it can only spur you on, you want to do your best for the fans.”
Kane’s 14 goals in all competitions have put him in contention for an England call-up, particularly as Roy Hodgson’s striking options appear increasingly limited.
Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Calum Chambers all saw their international credentials enhanced under Pochettino at Southampton and the Argentine believes Kane has the right characteristics to follow suit.
“Harry is a typical English player – he is a striker, a strong character, he works hard and he has quality,” Pochettino said.
“We are enjoying having these young talents and maybe it is our skill that we are developing this type of young player.
“We are pleased to develop players for the national team. In England we are in a difficult period – English football at the moment needs to believe in its young talent.
“We can only help the young talent in England because I think this is our responsibility.
“When you are a manager and you arrive in a new country, you have try to help the young talent at the club and give them the right conditions to work.”
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