Goals will come, insists Harry Kane

Harry Kane is unconcerned by those still questioning his ability after the forward’s run of games without a goal for Tottenham and England extended to nine.

The 23-year-old has not hit the back of the net for club or country since his early goal for the Three Lions in their Euro 2016 warm-up game against Turkey on May 22.

Kane, who started as England’s lone striker in Sunday’s World Cup qualifying victory in Slovakia, endured a similarly barren run at the beginning of last season.

He failed to score in his first six Premier League games for Spurs but still ended the season with the Premier League golden boot, finishing one goal ahead of Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero on 25.

And the fact he has been through such a spell before means Kane is not worried by either his scoreless start to this campaign or the questions still being asked about his long-term form.

“Unfortunately there was a lot of talk last year and I managed to prove a lot of people wrong, so people will talk this year as well,” he said.

“ I am confident in my ability. I know that if I continue doing what I am doing the goals will come.”

Meanwhile Nani admits Portugal’s Euro 2016 success could make their World Cup qualifying campaign more difficult. Fernando Santos’ team travel to Switzerland for their first competitive game since lifting trophy in Paris two months ago.

“Switzerland are a very strong team and they’re playing at home so it won’t be easy. On top of that, now that we’re European champions, other teams are going to be even more determined to beat us. But our objective is to try to win every game we play.”

A new-look Sweden squad will get their World Cup qualification campaign under way at home to the Netherlands tonight.

Following a disappointing group stage exit at this summer’s European Championships, talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the country’s all-time top scorer with 62 goals, decided to hang up his boots.

Head coach Janne Andersson has the challenge of guiding a relatively young and inexperienced group towards qualification for Russia in 2018 from a group that also contains France.

The disappointing Dutch home defeat to Greece in Eindhoven has piled the pressure back on boss Danny Blind. Blind said: “The result against Greece does not matter and has no bearing on the Sweden game and it is my task to reiterate that to my players.”


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