Harry Kane feels ‘settled’ with England

“Harry Kane loves Tottenham,” Paratici said at the event organised by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. “We’ve decided to keep Harry last summer to start the rebuilding, and we’re happy with our choice.
“There’s no need of any new talk with Harry. He knows how to proportion the sense of belonging to Spurs.”

It also leads to the sense that, maybe, it is almost a case of country over club for him at present, especially considering his position as national captain in addition as the undisputed main striker, and with the World Cup just 14 months away, with England among the favourites.

“What’s going on with his club is none of my business, really,” Southgate said before adding, by way of explaining Kane’s goal troubles at Spurs: “There’s a lot changes at the club, a new manager and new tactical formations, so like all players there will be an adaptation to that.

“In terms of what we ask him to do, I think we’ve clearly got a settled way of playing here,” the England manager said. “His team-mates know him, he knows his team-mates, he knows the patterns of play that we play towards.

“I can’t talk about the club but I think he feels settled in our ecosystem. It’s an ecosystem where he knows we have belief, but we have to push 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 in addition. I can’t fault his application and dedication to what we’re doing. He’s got a real desire to go well with us.”

And so, remarkably, Kane will take to the pitch having scored in 15 qualifiers in a row, spread over four years. On a night when the Football Association will honour the passing of two of England’s greatest ever strikers, in Jimmy Greaves and Roger Hunt, it is also a reminder of where Kane already sits in the pantheon of goalscorers. With 41 goals for England in 64 games he is only a hat-trick away from equalling Greaves’s total of 44 in just 57 games. After that only Gary Lineker, with 48 in 80 games, Sir Bobby Charlton, with 49 in 106 and Wayne Rooney with 53 in 120, stand ahead of him.

Only Greaves, with 0.77 goals per game, has a better ratio than Kane’s 0.64 so far, and it appears inconceivable that Kane, 28, will not become England’s all-time leading scorer.

“When you compare with the five or six other players at the top of that scoring chart, and you look at those names, it’s a reminder of how much Harry has already achieved at a personal level,” Southgate said.

“And I know what’s been more important to him, it’s the team getting to two semi-finals and a final. Without a doubt, he’s a player who has to keep proving himself, I think he knows that, I think he relishes that and we know that when those chances fall, you’ve got huge faith they’re going to hit the back of the net, such is his technical ability and his mentality and calmness when those chances come.”

Nine goals in 13 games this season is an impressive return, but drill a little deeper and it is less so, especially with Tottenham. Kane scored a goal in each of the three England World Cup qualifiers in September with five of his other six goals coming for Spurs in the European Conference League, the most junior of Europe’s club tournaments, and one in the Carabao Cup.

In the Premier League it is six appearances, including five starts, and no goals, which would seem unheard of, but has happened to Kane once before. In fact in 2015-16 he scored only one league goal before Oct 25, and in addition finished the campaign with a total of 25.

It would be no surprise if he did it again,  already if, at present, he appears much happier with England than with Spurs. 

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