England captain Harry Kane admits he has struggled to stay motivated after a ‘whirlwind’ summer, with the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final defeat followed by Spurs blocking his dream move to Man City
- England captain Harry Kane has had an inconsistent start tot the season
- The Tottenham man has admitted it is sometimes tough to remain motivated
- Kane endured speculation over his club future after the Euro 2020 final loss
Harry Kane has admitted that his tumultuous summer has taken its toll ‘physically and mentally’ as he vowed to recover from a misfiring start to the season.
The England captain will lead the line at Wembley on Friday when victory over Albania would all but guarantee qualification for next year’s World Cup.
But the Spurs striker heads into the game having endured a tough campaign so far, scoring just once in the Premier League.
Harry Kane has opened up on the struggles of staying fresh in a packed football calendar
Kane said that losing the Euro 2020 final at Wembley will stay with him forever
After the high of reaching the Euro 2020 final came the significant blows of losing to Italy and the fact that he was denied a move to champions Manchester City — a transfer saga during which Kane was accused of effectively going on strike.
‘It’s never easy, I came off the back of a tournament where you’re physically tired, you’re mentally tired and all of a sudden three weeks later the Premier League has pretty much started and you’re just straight back into it,’ said the 28-year-old.
‘It’s never easy just to switch that mode back on and start firing on all cylinders again. Your body needs time to respond physically and mentally. It has been a disappointing start personally and for the club.
Kane was then subject of a failed move from Tottenham to champions Manchester City
‘There’s a lot of work to be done there but it’s just about working hard. I know my form will come. People talk about physically what tournaments take out of you but mentally, as players, you go through a lot.
‘The highs and lows of a major tournament, coming so close to a dream and it being taken away in such a quick moment.
‘And it was my first summer of transfer speculation and having to deal with those situations. So it takes a toll.’
Kane also offered a fierce defence of his family’s involvement in his career after a failed attempt to join City.
His brother Charlie and father Pat handle his dealings but couldn’t force Tottenham into selling. But Kane said: ‘There was a lot of stuff about my brother being my agent. That’s where we stick together. I know what he does for me as an agent, I know what he does for me as a brother and that’s all that matters. The rest of it is just noise.
‘Whenever there is stuff being written about your family, it’s always maybe a little bit difficult to take. But that’s when families come together.’
Kane, the England captain, is now focusing on sealing World Cup qualification