Kane responds to questions over fitness (and hamstrings)

Date published: Monday 6th November 2017 12:09

Harry Kane insists he is not in need of a rest during the international break.

Tottenham striker Kane has featured heavily for club and country this season, scoring 13 goals and assisting a further three.

He has started ten of 11 Premier League games for Spurs this season, only missing the Manchester United defeat due to a hamstring strain.

Many feel he would be due a rest during the international break, with England facing Brazil and Germany in friendlies ahead of next summer’s World Cup, but he has played the full 90 minutes in each of England’s last six games.

The striker has suggested that, if picked by Gareth Southgate, he is more than happy to play.

“The knock in the first half was still niggling,” he said, as quoted by Yahoo. “It was a sore one. The manager makes the decisions for the team and he obviously thought it was the best decision [to take me off].

“The hamstrings are fine but look, we’ve got keep an eye on it. It’s something that happened and we don’t want it to happen again. It’s about maintaining it. It’s a long old season so we go away now and do a bit of work and hopefully get ready for Friday [against Germany].

“It isn’t my call [how much I play for England], it’s down to Gareth. Gareth will make the decision based on what he thinks is best for the players and the team.

“If I’m fit and called upon I’m happy to play. It’s always an honour to play for my country so I’d never turn that down, so we’ll see what happens.

“We play so many games and we’ve had so many high-intensity games – United, Madrid, Liverpool – it takes it out of you. The manager does his best here to keep everyone in the best shape possible and I’m sure Gareth will do the same.

“Do I need a break? I don’t think so. I’m in the same boat as everyone else. We play a lot of games, you have to deal with it and make sure you’re fit. Away from football, the recovery is just as important and that’s what I’ll try to do.”

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