Harry Kane sad to see September end after golden run of form for Tottenham Hotspur and England
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Spurs forward backs team-mate Harry Winks to earn senior international honours soon with Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions
Harry Kane admits he is sorry to see September end as he attempts to become only the third Premier League player to win the Golden Boot three years in a row.
The Tottenham forward drew a blank in August but has netted 13 goals in the last month - including two in the opening 23 minutes of Saturday’s 4-0 victory at Huddersfield.
Six of those strikes have come in the top flight, leaving him only one behind the division’s top scorer, Romelu Lukaku, and level with Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Morata – both of whom are now facing spells in the treatment room.
That may aid Kane’s cause as he targets a hat-trick of Golden Boots, but only two players have previously achieved that feat in successive campaigns - Alan Shearer (1995-97) and Thierry Henry (2004-06) – and the Spurs star feels the competition this term is harder than ever.
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“Definitely. The next season’s always the toughest season, and especially as the strikers have all started well this year,” he said.
“It’s been a good month for me. As a striker sometimes you go through patches like this. I said even in August that sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it doesn’t. September’s been one of those months where everything’s kind of gone my way so I’m sad to see it end really!
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“I just feel confident. I feel any chance I get in and around the box I’m going to score, or definitely work the keeper. It’s great, especially to score so early on in games - it helps.
“It’s a pleasure to play in this team. I’m here to put most of the chances away but when you’ve got Dele [Alli] and Christian [Eriksen], and you’ve got Ben [Davies] and ‘Tripps’ (Kieran Trippier) in the wide areas, when you’ve got guys backing it up from the back, it all helps.”
Kane added: “I’m a little disappointed not to go on and get another hat-trick [at Huddersfield] but it’s a great result. As a team, we said we wanted to come out and really put the energy in, get an early goal, and it worked out perfectly really.
“The last time we went into an international break we drew to Burnley, conceding a last-minute goal, and it hurts. It hurts to go away - you’re thinking about it for a couple of weeks - so it’s always nice to win and finish off what’s been a good month for us.”
Spurs’ 4-0 victory at the John Smith’s Stadium followed their 3-0 triumph against Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus on Tuesday, and Harry Winks has played throughout both matches.
The 21-year-old midfielder seems to have every chance of enjoying a bright future with England as well as Spurs – even if he is yet to receive a senior international call-up and has been selected to play for the Under-21s over the next fortnight.
Kane said: “Harry’s done great. He’s waited patiently for his chance. He’s just got to keep doing what he’s doing, keeping his head down.
“He had a great game in midweek in the Champions League, he had a great game on Saturday. For him, he’s just got to stay focused, not think about it too much, just concentrate on his job, and what’ll happen will happen.
“He’s a great player. On the ball, technically he’s fantastic. He reads the game very well, he can drive past players.
“It isn’t my decision, it’s the manager’s (Southgate’s) decision. But all he’s got to do is do well for us and then do well for the Under-21s in this camp, and that’s all he can do.”