Southgate shares why he is grateful to Tottenham
By Harry Sykes
Gareth Southgate has expressed his gratitude to Tottenham for allowing Harry Kane to join up with the England squad over the last week.
The Tottenham striker was named in England manager Southgate’s squad for the Scotland and Spain matches despite just 73 minutes of action for his club Spurs since suffering an ankle injury in mid September.
But Kane was an unused substitute in last Friday’s 3-0 World Cup qualifier win over Scotland at Wembley as Daniel Sturridge was chosen to lead the attack.
Sturridge responded with the first of England’s three goals, which were supplemented by strikes from Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill.
Kane has now been released from international duty and will play no part in Tuesday’s friendly against Spain at Wembley.
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“Harry reported for us last week having not played a full game for seven weeks, but Tottenham were more than happy for him to come to us,” Southgate said, as quoted by the Telegraph sport section on Tuesday (page five).
“I’m really grateful to Tottenham for letting us have him for the qualifier. Once we had assessed our injury status and the fact we were fine and covered for what we would do for this game, the sessions that we’re going to do aren’t what Harry needs at this time, having had such a long lay-off.
“It’s important that he gets a different training programme to what we’re going to follow over the next couple of days.”
Kane is now set to prepare for Tottenham’s Premier League clash against London rivals West Ham on Saturday.
Spurs then travel to Monaco for a Champions League qualifier that is key to the team’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage of Europe’s premier competition.
Kane was the leading scorer in the Premier League last season with 25 goals, which handed him the Golden Boot ahead of title winner Jamie Vardy.
The Spurs man began the new season slowly but was starting to find his touch before damaging ankle ligaments in the team’s 1-0 win against Sunderland in September.