Tue. Sep 29th, 2020

You don’t have to talk about switching off from club football – Kane

Kane EnglandHarry Kane says that the England squad is not blighted by divisions between players from rival clubs.

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England skipper Harry Kane insists says that the tribalism of club football isn’t something that effects players.

Kane is among four Tottenham players in an England Uefa Nations League squad that also includes three Liverpool talents. Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Eric Dier featured alongside Kane in the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool. Reds skipper Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold started the final while Joe Gomez came on as a late substitute after a disrupted season.

The England captain said that all the players in the squad naturally switch on to being not only teammates but also friends.

“You don’t have to talk to people about switching off from club football,” said Kane.

“Everyone just naturally does it and I think the fact we’ve played with each other in club sides and younger England sides (means) we’re all good friends.

“Whether you’re at Spurs or (Manchester) City or Liverpool, we’ve known each other long enough that we’ve become mates.

“When you come here, you just look forward to meeting up and being friends.”

England have a chance to win their first tournament since 1966 at the inaugural Nations League, but they face a resurgent Netherlands the semi-finals on Thursday. England were beaten semi-finalists at the 2018 World Cup but under Southgate have become a side that can challenge for major honours. The match will see Kane go up against Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, who got the best of the England man in Madrid.

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Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur battles for possession with Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

“It’s a new tournament, but it’s still a chance to win a trophy in an England shirt, and 1966 was a long time ago,” Kane said.

“I think if we go on and win, it will be another stepping stone to go on to achieve big things in the future.

“Winning trophies breeds that mentality to go on to do more and more, so it’s a chance for us to start early and try to achieve that.”

England UEFA Nations League squad

Goalkeepers

Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, Tom Heaton

Defenders

Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Joe Gomez, Ben Chilwell, Michael Keane, Trent Alexander-Arnold

Midfielders

Eric Dier, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, Fabian Delph, Ross Barkley, Dele Alli

Forwards

Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Callum Wilson

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