Category: Harry Kane

Reasons for England fans to be optimistic at the World Cup

In claiming only their third opening game victory at a World Cup, England provided plenty of positive signs. Without scrutinizing lapses in concentration, an uneasy defense and startling profligacy in front of goal, here are some things for England fans to optimistically cling to if they are to go deep into this tournament. Gareth-ball It’s all very well claiming to have a philosophy or a style in soccer, but little of it matters unless there are tangible signs on the pitch. Gareth Southgate, a long time employee with the national set-up, is well aware of what is wanted from the ... Read more

Pochettino urges Spurs focus as Kane bids for start

London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino urged Tottenham to keep their focus against relegation-threatened Stoke as they seek to nail down a Champions League place, with Harry Kane in line for a starting spot on Saturday. The club’s first win at Stamford Bridge since 1990 last weekend left fourth-placed Spurs eight points clear of Antonio Conte’s side. But Pochettino told reporters on Friday that the visit to Stoke would be tougher than last week’s trip across London. “Sometimes after a great victory, as human beings, you can start thinking, ‘If we beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, why not win the next ... Read more

Evaluating Mo Salah, Harry Kane and Kevin de Bruyne for Player of the Year

Three players can reasonably lay claim to winning the award. Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane. Each player presents a compelling argument. Kane has been a model of consistency for Tottenham over the past four seasons. Salah has transformed from a bust at Chelsea to Lionel Messi comparisons. And De Bruyne, despite playing in a deeper position, has both statistics and team success to boot. All three of these players have enjoyed tremendous seasons, and all three of their clubs have benefited as a result. However, with the season entering its final stretch, which player ... Read more

Pochettino expects Spurs to thrive without Kane

London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham are better equipped to cope without star striker Harry Kane than they were earlier this season, as they approach the defining point in their campaign. Kane is sidelined for several weeks with ankle ligament damage sustained against Millwall in the FA Cup quarter-finals last weekend. Tottenham last time failed to fill the void left by Kane’s 10-game absence with the same injury, going six matches without a win during a lean run in October and November. But Pochettino believes his title hopefuls, who host Southampton on Sunday, will ensure there isn’t another drop in form with ... Read more

Spurs confirm ankle ligament damage for Kane

London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur hinted that Harry Kane could return before the end of the season as they confirmed the England striker had suffered ankle ligament damage in last weekend’s FA Cup win over Millwall. “We can confirm that @HKane sustained ligament damage to his right ankle during Sunday’s FA Cup win against Millwall,” the Premier League club tweeted on Tuesday. Kane, who has scored 19 goals in the Premier League last season, had to come off after just 10 minutes of a match Spurs won 6-0 on Sunday. There were fears the 23-year-old would miss the rest of ... Read more

Kane growing into a Tottenham legend: Pochettino

London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane is on course to becoming a Tottenham Hotspur great after the striker scored the 100th club goal of his career. Kane, 23, scored a first half hat-trick in his club’s 4-0 victory over Stoke City, reaching the century mark with his first goal and ending the game with his season tally on 22 goals. The striker’s effort helped Spurs bounce back after the disappointment of going out of the Europa League against Gent this week and Pochettino believes Kane’s all-round display confirmed his qualities as one of the world’s most dangerous forwards. ... Read more

Harry Kane hat-trick gives Spurs FA Cup cheer

London (AFP) – Harry Kane’s fifth hat-trick for Tottenham and second this year eased the Premier League club past second-tier Championship side Fulham 3-0 and into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday. The 23-year-old England striker, who took his tally to 19 for the season, ended a difficult week for Spurs and manager Mauricio Pochettino on a winning note following defeats by Liverpool in the league and then Belgian outfit Gent in the Europa League last 32 first leg. Pochettino’s team selection reflected his desire for a positive result as he started with Kane, Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama and Christian ... Read more

Kane keeps Spurs title hopes burning

London (AFP) – Harry Kane’s penalty ended Middlesbrough’s resistance as Tottenham’s 1-0 win on Saturday kept their flickering Premier League title challenge alive. Spurs are nine points off runaway leaders Chelsea thanks to Kane’s second half spot-kick — the players answering manager Mauricio Pocchetino’s demand on Friday to maintain their hold on second place and pray for Chelsea’s form to slump. Tottenham lost precious ground after being held by Sunderland in their previous game and Middlesbrough were in danger of repeating the trick. That was until Kane struck in the 58th minute to give the hosts their seventh successive home ... Read more