Tot­ten­ham still alive, in­sists Kane

Gulf Times Sport - - FOOTBALL -

Harry Kane be­lieves Tot­ten­ham can still make the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons League after com­ing to his side’s res­cue once more in a late turn­around to beat PSV Eind­hoven 2-1 on Tues­day night. Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s side were only 12 min­utes away from be­ing elim­i­nated as they strug­gled to re­cover from Luuk de Jong’s opener for PSV after 61 sec­onds at Wem­b­ley.

But Eng­land cap­tain Kane came to the res­cue with a preda­tory equaliser be­fore head­ing the cru­cial last-gasp win­ner with the aid of a de­flec­tion off PSV’s Trent Sains­bury. “We were just on the at­tack all the time,” said Kane. “In the end we man­aged to take a cou­ple but I think we de­served it. We had to dig deep and find an­other level when it mat­tered. The whole sea­son we’ve been grind­ing out re­sults here and there. Ob­vi­ously we’d like to be higher up the ta­ble in the league and do­ing bet­ter in the Cham­pi­ons League, but we’re still fight­ing.”

Spurs still face an up­hill task to reach the knock­out stage as they need to beat In­ter Mi­lan at home in their next Cham­pi­ons League clash and most likely Barcelona away on December 11. “It’s an­other game we must win, we want to have the pos­si­bil­ity to go to the next stage,” said Po­chet­tino, who praised his play­ers’ ef­forts after an ar­du­ous run of four games in eight days.

“The team is grow­ing up. In these four games, three vic­to­ries, we lost to Man City and I think the draw was more the fair re­sult. Pleased of course, we’re al­ways try­ing to im­prove, but with all the cir­cum­stances the team is fight­ing.”


Mean­while, Eng­land cap­tain Kane has given his back­ing to the hon­our­ing of for­mer skip­per Wayne Rooney in an in­ter­na­tional friendly against the United States next week. Rooney, a record goalscorer for both Manch­ester United and Eng­land, re­tired from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball in Au­gust 2017.

But the 33-year-old, now based in the United States where he plays for Ma­jor League Soc­cer side DC United, is set to wear the Three Li­ons shirt one last time at Wem­b­ley on Novem­ber 15. “I think it’s great,” Kane said. Next week’s match will be called The Wayne Rooney Foun­da­tion In­ter­na­tional in sup­port of the striker’s chil­dren’s char­ity, and Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate has named Rooney in the squad. FA chiefs have faced ac­cu­sa­tions they are de­valu­ing in­ter­na­tional foot­ball by re­call­ing Rooney but Kane was in no doubt about hav­ing his pre­de­ces­sor as Eng­land skip­per in­volved one last time.

“It’s a re­ally good thing that every­one should be a part of. Wayne is one the great­est ever play­ers to play for Eng­land, the great­est goalscorer to play for Eng­land, so why not give him the send-off he de­serves? I’ve not spo­ken to Gareth (South­gate) too much about how he’s go­ing to do it when we play but it’ll be great to see him again and I’m sure he’s look­ing for­ward to see­ing a few of the boys. It’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the younger play­ers in our team. So I think every­one should get right be­hind it, and it’ll be a good send-off.”

And Kane said he would have no prob­lems hand­ing over the cap­tain’s arm­band to Rooney should the for­mer skip­per come off the bench. “He de­serves it. He was a great cap­tain for us. He was cap­tain when I got into the squad. So if he plays, of course he’ll be the cap­tain,” said Kane.

For­mer Ever­ton and United for­ward Rooney scored 53 goals in 119 Eng­land ap­pear­ances. He scored 12 times for DC United after join­ing them in June fol­low­ing a se­cond spell at boy­hood club Ever­ton, and helped them climb from the bot­tom of the league to the play-offs.


Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s Harry Kane (right) scores against PSV Eind­hoven dur­ing the Cham­pi­ons League group B match at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium in Lon­don.

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