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In-form Harry Kane urges Gareth Southgate not to drop him

by 06/10/2017 19:52:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Harry Kane made it 14 goals in his last nine games with Thursday's winning goal
  • Gareth Southgate could rest Kane against Lithuania with qualification secured
  • Kane insists he wants to play every game and believes he is in the form of his life
  • England travel to Vilnius to face Lithuania on Sunday in their final group fixture 

By Adam Crafton for the Daily Mail

Published: 17:30 EDT, 6 October 2017 | Updated: 19:52 EDT, 6 October 2017

Harry Kane believes he is in the form of his life and has told manager Gareth Southgate he wants to play for England against Lithuania on Sunday despite World Cup qualification already being assured.

Kane is on fire for club and country, with a stunning 14 goals in his past nine games. On Thursday night he marked his first match captaining England at Wembley by scoring the last-gasp winner against Slovenia that confirmed England will take their place at the World Cup next summer.

Tottenham face Bournemouth, Real Madrid and Liverpool in the space of eight days after the international break, but Kane does not want any respite and feels he is in the form of his career.

Harry Kane captained England against Slovenia and scored the winning goal at Wembley
Harry Kane captained England against Slovenia and scored the winning goal at Wembley

Harry Kane captained England against Slovenia and scored the winning goal at Wembley

‘Maybe it was like this when I was younger, when you scored six or seven a game,’ Kane said. ‘But probably not in my professional career. I feel great, every game I expect to score and want to score. I just want to keep it going. September was fantastic for me, hopefully October can be even better.

‘Of course I want to play every game. Every game for England is important. If the gaffer wants me to play, I’ll be there definitely, hopefully trying to score a few more goals.’

In Kane’s last nine games for club and country, Tottenham and England have scored a combined 23 goals. He has bagged 14 of those — providing more than 60 per cent of the goals.

Kane says he will respect manager Gareth Southgate's decision but wants to play every game
Kane says he will respect manager Gareth Southgate's decision but wants to play every game

Kane says he will respect manager Gareth Southgate's decision but wants to play every game

It is little wonder, therefore, that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola recently referred to Tottenham as ‘the Harry Kane team’. Kane’s goal tally so far this season is equal to that of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Chelsea defender and England team-mate Gary Cahill lauded the Tottenham striker.

‘I see him being one of the best in the world in terms of form,’ Cahill said. ‘His finishing is unbelievable. He must be gushing with confidence. 

'He must feel like he’s going to score every time he goes on the pitch. Not even one, it’s like, “How many am I going to get today?” He must have that kind of mentality.

Gary Cahill insists England should go into the World Cup with the same mentality as Kane
Gary Cahill insists England should go into the World Cup with the same mentality as Kane

Gary Cahill insists England should go into the World Cup with the same mentality as Kane

‘Going into the tournament, we want everyone to have the kind of confidence he’s showing at the minute. The fearless mentality.’

Kane, who is now favourite to be England’s captain at the World Cup, insists he can handle the growing expectation.

‘It doesn’t really bother me to be honest. It doesn’t distract me from what I need to do and getting ready for every game. Hopefully I can keep performing and improving.’

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