Gareth Southgate has welcomed Harry Kane’s commitment to Tottenham Hotspur, despite the striker’s recent injury.
Gareth Southgate has welcomed Harry Kane’s commitment to Tottenham. The England manager was asked about the striker’s decision to stay at Spurs and he said, I think it is a good thing for English football because I think it sends out a message to other players.
Gareth Southgate has expressed his satisfaction that Harry Kane’s club future has been settled ahead of England’s World Cup qualification preparations next month.
After failing to clinch his preferred transfer to Premier League winners Manchester City, Kane announced on Wednesday that he would remain at Tottenham.
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As Group I kicks off, England will travel to Hungary and Poland before facing Andorra at home. The finals in Qatar are only 14 months away.
Southgate named a 25-man squad that included a first call-up for Leeds striker Patrick Bamford, as well as recalls for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard — all of whom were left out of the group that advanced to the Euro 2020 final earlier this year.
Kane made his first appearance of the season in Tottenham’s 1-0 victory over Wolves on Sunday, and he may be part in the Europa Conference League play-off second leg against Pacos de Ferreira on Thursday.
“Harry got into the game over the weekend,” Southgate said during a press conference announcing England’s selection. I anticipate him to have a significant role tonight.
“From our perspective, the good news is that everything seems to be handled and settled in terms of the club.” So he’s got a definite objective now, and I’m sure he’s excited to go out on the field with Tottenham and then with us the following week.
“I’m not sure whether there are any more players who could be on the move before our meeting. In September, this is frequently the case as well. But, in terms of Harry’s position, it seems like he will remain a Tottenham player, which is obviously great for Tottenham in particular.”
Throughout the summer, Harry Kane was linked with a transfer to Manchester City before committing his future to Tottenham. Marc Atkins/Getty Images photo
It will be England’s first match since Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, and Marcus Rashford were targeted online after missing penalties in the Euro 2020 final shootout loss to Italy in July.
While Rashford is sidelined due to shoulder surgery, Southgate says he kept in regular touch with the three over the summer.
“I spoke with all three of them in the days after the final, and we’ve also spoken with their teams,” he said. “Other FA employees were also engaged in it.” They are aware that help is available if they need it, but they are also eager to go on. They’ve started a new season with new difficulties.
“They’re all dynamic young guys with a lot of exciting days ahead of them, and they’ve all been a part of an incredible summer experience. I understand the question, yet they are eagerly anticipating it.”
Southgate’s contract is set to end in December following next year’s World Cup, with Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham announcing in June that the 50-year-old will be offered a new deal.
Southgate, on the other hand, said that nothing has been addressed and that he is unconcerned about the issue.
He said, “We haven’t got any time for anything of that kind.” “After the tournament, I had a week or ten days here, then I was gone for a few of weeks, and Mark was away for a couple of weeks, so we’ve really just been concentrating on debriefing the tournament and getting ready for the games this week.”
“I’ve got to concentrate on ‘what’s the priority right now?’ in my mind.” This is how the squad qualifies for the Qatari tournament. So, I’m sure we’ll talk sometime in the next few weeks — I’m due for meetings with Mark anyhow — and I’m sure we’ll talk about it.
“In my mind, though, the Autumn is all about getting the squad to Qatar. Everything else can, in fact, wait. It makes no difference. I’m already committed to Qatar, so whatever we talk about is for time beyond that. This isn’t applicable at this time.”
England’s lineup is as follows:
Goalkeepers: West Brom’s Sam Johnstone, Everton’s Jordan Pickford, and West Ham’s Nick Pope (Burnley).
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Tripper (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Atletico Madrid) are among the defenders (Manchester City).
Midfielders: Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, Chelsea’s Mason Mount, Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips, and Borussia Dortmund’s Declan Rice (West Ham).
Patrick Bamford (Leeds), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Manchester United) and Raheem Sterling (Manchester United) are among the forwards (Manchester City).
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