Slovakia vs England: Harry Kane pledges to prove his doubters wrong as dry stretch continues on Sam Allardyce bow

6 Sep

Harry Kane has insisted he will silence his critics for the second time in 12 months after vowing to emerge from his England form slump.

Tottenham forward Kane saw his international goal drought extend to six games before being substituted in the closing stages of England’s 1-0 World Cup qualification victory against Slovakia on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, whose last England goal came against Turkey at the Etihad Stadium in May, was selected ahead of Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge to play as a lone centre-forward by manager Sam Allardyce in Trnava.

But despite suffering another frustrating evening with England, Kane insists his ability to dispel his ‘one-season wonder’ label last season underlines his readiness to prove a point again with England.

“Unfortunately there was a lot of talk last year and I managed to prove a lot of people wrong,” Kane said. “People will talk this year as well, but it’s part of football.

“It’s what they are doing, but I am confident in my ability and I know that if I continue doing what I am doing, the goals will come. That is all I can do.

“I think I didn’t score in my first 7 or 8 games for Spurs last season, but I then went on to win the Golden Boot. That proves that it was just a matter of time.

“People might talk now or if I don’t score in the next five or six games, but it doesn’t bother me.

“I am a confident player. I know if I keep doing what I am doing I will score goals and that is what I am going to do.”

Having topped the Premier League scoring charts with 25 goals last season, Kane secured his status as England’s first-choice forward ahead of Euro 2016.

Kane was forced to play a more isolated role with England, one which has continued under Allardyce, but he claims he enjoyed the outing against Slovakia and has no qualms over the demands placed on him at international level.

“I feel good and I felt sharp out there,” he said. “It was a hard fought, there were a few challenges flying

about and sometimes when you are up there, you have just go to work hard for the team and try and get into good positions.

“I felt I did that and I felt in the second half, I had a couple of chance that got blocked and a couple of half chances, but all I can do is put myself in the right positions.

“We have got the players to put the balls in and create chances and all I can do is my best for the team.

“It was a tough game with the heat and the running, but I am getting fitter and fitter.


“Obviously I had a shorter pre-season, but I am confident, I am always confident. Hopefully I can score at the weekend, but if not, we will see what happens.”

With Group F minnows Malta due at Wembley next month, ahead of a trip to Slovenia three days later, England have the opportunity to boost their goals output in Allardyce’s first game on home turf.

And Kane admits that he is ready to use the opportunity to take advantage against the Maltese.

“As a striker I want to get goals, it doesn’t matter who I am playing,” he said. “I didn’t score on Sunday, but I felt we all put in a good shift for the team and worked hard for each other.

“Hopefully, if I am picked for the next game, I can get a few goals.”


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