England’s Kane denies ‘tiredness’ claims

24 Jun

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England need to be patient – Harry Kane

Harry Kane insists he is not suffering from burn-out as he prepares to lead England’s attack against Iceland in the last 16 of the European Championship.

Tottenham’s Kane, leading Premier League scorer with 25 goals in 2015-16, has yet to score in France and was dropped against Slovakia after being substituted at half-time against Wales.

However, the 22-year-old denied that he was feeling the effects of playing 50 games for his club last season.

“I feel sharp and ready,” he said.

“I’m not tired, I’m 100% fresh.”

Kane was the subject of similar complaints at the start of last season when he failed to score in the opening few games, with some blaming the fact he had played for England’s Under-21 side in the summer break.

“When I was playing in the European Under-21 Championship last summer people were saying the same thing” he said. “But if I get called upon I’ll go out there and give 110%.”

England face Iceland in the last 16 in Nice at 20:00 BST on Monday.

If Roy Hodgson’s side progress they will face the winner of the game between hosts France and the Republic of Ireland, who play at 14:00 on Sunday.

And Kane echoed England captain Wayne Rooney’s confident message that they have nothing to fear in the knockout stages, despite only finishing second in their group after drawing with Russia and Slovakia and needing a stoppage-time goal from Daniel Sturridge to beat Wales.

“We have done what we needed to do,” he said. “We have got out of the group stage and into the knockout stage. The focus now is on Iceland. We fancy ourselves against anyone and we are very confident in our ability.

“We are one of the best teams in this tournament.”


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