Southgate understands Kane pressure
Kane finally broke his Euro 2020 duck with a goal against Germany to help the three lions into the quarter finals of the Euros.
Having opened the scoring thanks to Raheem Sterling, Kane was largely uninvolved for much of the game but was in the right place at the right time to score from Jack Grealish’s cross.
Gareth Southgate spoke about his captain and the understanding of expectation he holds.
“The life of a centre forward is a lot of pressure,” said Southgate.
“There is a huge expectation and – although at times it would feel from the outside it is a glamorous position to be in and they certainly get paid well – it comes with immense pressure and expectation. It is important as a manager to understand that and have empathy with that.
“Not only is there the public expectation but there is an inherent desire and drive that centre forwards have that if you win the game they don’t score and they are irritated. They cannot help that. That is the mindset of the top players.”
Kane will be expected to kick on against Ukraine in the quarters and help England to back-to-back tournament semi-finals.
Spurs seek Kane alternative
Harry Kane is fully focused on helping England to a first major international title since 1966, but his domestic future remains in the spotlight.
The Times have reported today that despite the commitment to try and hold onto Kane, the club have identified alternatives should he leave.
In addition, Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar is also of interest having been linked back in the summer of 2020.
They also hold an interest in Milan Skriniar, the defender who Mourinho wanted to sign, and have had talks about Dusan Vlahovic, the Serbia striker who scored 21 league goals for Fiorentina last season.
Other reports suggested that Spurs had gone as far as to submit a £51 million bid for the Serbian international already.
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However, the Fiorentina forward is attracting plenty of interest from within Serie A too with the likes of AC Milan seeing him as a long-term replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Spurs need to ensure that their transfer business now moves at a pace much faster and more efficient than their appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo.
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