Settled Kane focused on England

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Published: Friday 19th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Harry Kane has no intention of leaving Tottenham or allowing England Under-21s to slip meekly out of the European Championship.

Few could have envisaged the 21-year-old’s remarkable progress this season, having gone from third-choice striker at his boyhood club to become the top-scoring Englishman in the Premier League.

Such form has led to international recognition and brought the vultures to circle over north London, with Manchester United strongly linked with a summer move for Kane.

It is interest he is well aware of yet the striker, who has signed two new deals at Spurs over the past 12 months, only sees his immediate future at White Hart Lane.

“I’ve seen there’s interest but that’s all I know,” Kane said.

“It’s flattering for other clubs to maybe be interested but I’m happy at Spurs and I’m looking forward to the future.”

When he was asked whether it would be hard to turn down United, Kane replied: “Tottenham are a big club and that’s the way people have got to see it.

“I’m at a big club now, I’m enjoying my football and I’m looking forward to next season.”

Such comments will come as a relief to Tottenham supporters, as will the safe return of their star turn.

Kane is currently in the Czech Republic with the England Under-21s and could well see a dream season end in disappointment.

Bruised by the absence of key men John Stones and Saido Berahino, the battling Young Lions went down 1-0 to Portugal in Thursday’s Group B opener.

It means nothing short of victory is required against Sweden on Sunday, with Kane determined to help Gareth Southgate’s side to the semi-finals.

“We are obviously gutted,” the Spurs striker said. “You always want to start a tournament well and I didn’t think we played too badly.

“I thought in the first half we had some good shots on target and their keeper made some good saves. It was quite an open game.

“They got a ricochet goal and set off from there but we gave it a good go. We are gutted but we will stick together.

“We have got two important games left. We know what we have to do and we will look forward to Sunday.”

Kane admitted the late injuries to Stones and Berahino had not been easy, but preferred to focus on the togetherness and desire of those available for Sunday.

That mentality makes Southgate confident his side will not become the third successive batch of Under-21s players to exit the Euros at group-stage juncture – a theme which is becoming all too familiar with England at different levels.

“We are a very, very good team but we haven’t been doing it in tournaments,” Kane said.

“As a country, we have to get behind each other. It starts on Sunday. We know what we have to do.

“I think you could see we played well tonight. It is fine margins and hopefully a few things will go our way. We will try and push on and there is a long way to go.”

Published: Friday 19th June 2015 by The News Editor

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