Harry Kane makes strong case for England start

Tottenham 4 Leicester 3

Harry Kane makes strong case for England start

It not only consigned Leicester to another defeat that keeps them bottom of the table, but kept alive Tottenham’s faint hopes of Champions League football, and it also amplified the case for Kane’s inclusion in England’s starting line-up against Lithuania next Friday.

Mauricio Pochettino still believes there is more to come from Kane, an observation built on the character of the 21-year-old local lad.

Pressed for the personality trait that characterises Kane, Pochettino said it was the player’s humility. “He is always a humble person, always has a good attitude, never complains and has the perfect mentality to improve,” said the manager.

“Playing for England would be a reward he deserves because he works hard to improve his game, is always available on the training ground, always willing to listen.”

Kane is now among the front-runners for the Footballer of the Year award, and Pochettino can understand why.

“Harry is a player that everyone in football would prize, and this season he has had a big impact on English football. He is certainly one of the better English players so far.

“He needs to keep working hard, keep the momentum and keep scoring goals.”

Kane himself appreciates it is his work ethic that has got him this far. “It’s been a special week, and one I won’t forget, with the England call-up and my first Premier League hat-trick,” he said.

“Hopefully, if I keep working hard and keep progressing, there will be many more weeks like this.”

Against Leicester, Kane got Spurs off to a flying start with a poacher’s goal from close range in the fifth minute and a deflected strike seven minutes later. But Leicester pulled level with goals either side of half-time from Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan, before Kane sealed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after David Nugent up-ended Danny Rose. Pearson was scathing about the Dean’s decision, describing the referee as “the most arrogant man I have ever met.”

Pochettino has no fears about Kane going off on international duty, and his biggest concern is Tottenham’s leaky defence, which ensured another nervy finale when David Nugent made it 4-3 in the closing stages after a Jeff Schlupp own goal had appeared to make three points a formality.

“We need to improve in this area, to find the right balance between attacking and defending,” said the manager.

TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1):Lloris 6 (Vorm 3, 6): Walker 6, Dier 7, Vertonghen 7, Rose 7; Mason 6 (Dembele 87), Bentaleb 7; Townsend 6 (Paulinho 58,6) Eriksen 7, Chadli 5; Kane 9.

LEICESTER (3-5-2): Schmeichel 6; Upson 6 (Wasilewski 46, 6), Huth 6 (Mahrez, 6), Morgan 6; De Laet 6 (King 89), James 6, Cambiasso 7, Schlupp 6; Nugent 7 Ulloa 6, Vardy 8.

Referee: Mike Dean 7.

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