‘Fully fit’ Kane motivated even more after meeting Spurs’ 1984 UEFA Cup-winning squad
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The Tottenham forward is ready to face Liverpool in the Champions League final if picked and desperate to win silverware with the Lilywhites
Harry Kane is determined to help Tottenham Hotspur make a mark on the biggest stage after recovering in time to feature in the Champions League final.
The forward has been out since he suffered ankle ligament damage in the quarter-final first leg tie at home to Manchester City on April 9 following a challenge with Fabian Delph.
He always insisted he would be back and fit if Spurs qualified for the final on June 1 and true to his word he is raring to go.
"This one, we've had a bit more time. From when it happened, of course we weren't in the final at the time, but it was 'okay, let's prepare for if we do get to the final' because the end of the league season was going to be too soon to come back," Kane said.
"We knew there was a three week gap after that to give it more time. We didn't do things as quick, took a bit of extra time before we went outside just to let it heal a bit more and since then most of things have been the same.
"Obviously the ankle feels good now, it feels strong, but it did before. The tackle that made it get injured again probably would have injured it even if it was 100 per cent.
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"For me, these three games, the game on Saturday and then the England games (in the UEFA Nations League), I'm ready and fully fit for."
Earlier this month, Kane made a surprise appearance at a private charity gala dinner to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the 1984 UEFA Cup-winning squad.
While he didn't get the chance to spend long with the likes of Graham Roberts, Steve Perryman and Steve Archibald, it did add to his motivation before this final.
Kane told this title: "I made an appearance at that night, but I didn't actually get the chance to talk to them too much.
"I presented them with a cap, but a lot of them wished me luck and said to go out there and do it and go and enjoy it.
"Of course they did it all them years ago and they are still heroes now, so this is a chance for us to make a statement in this club's history and there's no bigger stage to do that."
The great Bill Nicholson and Keith Burkinshaw are the only two Tottenham managers to win silverware on the continent.
In 1963, Spurs became the first British club to win a European trophy when they beat Atletico Madrid 5-1 in the European Cup Winners' Cup final.
Nicholson guided Tottenham to more continental success nine years later in the 1972 UEFA Cup final as they beat English rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.
European glory touched Spurs again 12 years down the line in the 1984 UEFA Cup final, with Anderlecht defeated on penalties.
It would be Burkinshaw's last match in charge and finally the Lilywhites are making waves in Europe once more.
This is largely down to current boss Mauricio Pochettino, who celebrated five years as manager on Monday.
While Nicholson and Burkinshaw will forever remain legends, they could be joined in an elite club by the Argentinian if he can lead Spurs to a first ever European Cup win.
Kane admitted: "He's been massive. Since he took over, he's had a plan for us to become one of the best teams in Europe and now we're not far away from the biggest game in Europe and in our club's history, so he's done a fantastic job.
"He's a great manager. All the players want to fight and play and do everything for him because that's the standards he's set.
"You see the way the club is, the training ground, stadium, playing in a Champions League final, that was the plan. Now it's to obviously win it and step on and go on to win more and more, but it starts on Saturday."