However you turn it, Harry Kane is contemplating a huge summer. The first is the postponed Euro 2020, with semi-finals and finals at Wembley.
That in itself has the potential to be a life-changing event for the England captain. Yet there is also a rather important problem that remains unsolved and that is his future at Tottenham.
There may be a fear that one will affect the other; that a summer of endless transfer talk will distract him from his immediate goal of winning the European Championship.
Tottenham attacker Harry Kane will only discuss his future at Tottenham after the European Championship
Kane, who has not yet won a trophy but will play in the Carabao Cup final, is under contract until 2024
Kane, who has not yet won a trophy but will play in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City next month, is under contract with Spurs until 2024. But with his team uncertain about Champions League football next season and unlikely to become title contenders in the near future, Kane will have to decide whether to stick it out with his youth club or move to a team more likely to challenge for trophies .
This summer, when he turns 28, seems like the logical time to do so. “I think that’s a tough question to answer right now,” Kane said as he prepared to lead England in their World Cup qualifier against Albania in Tirana on Sunday.
“ It’s important that I fully concentrate on the two England games to come, the rest of the season with Spurs and then the European Championship.
Thinking about speculation or rumors would be detrimental to my own performance. I always like to be focused on one goal and one job and that is to finish strong with Spurs, win these qualifiers with England and hopefully keep going and have a great Euro.
‘Look, I try to stay out of that speculation as much as possible. I’m completely focused on the field work from now until the end of the summer and then we’ll see where we’re going. ‘
Paris Saint-Germain, where his former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino coaches, is likely to show interest in Kane this summer and while Manchester United and Manchester City have prioritized signing Erling Haaland, whoever misses the Norwegian striker is expected to be , is expected to be. Think Kane, who would no doubt set a UK transfer record of at least £ 120 million.
It is unlikely that Kane’s youth club Tottenham will become title contenders in the near future
Kane did make it clear that he believes Spurs can still cash in on this season by winning their first major trophy since 2008 and qualifying for the Champions League. “It was a tough spell at Spurs, but look, we went into the Arsenal game to win five games in a row,” he said.
It was clear that Arsenal’s game was hard to play – in a North London derby you never want to lose – and then of course the Europa League we went to was a big disappointment.
‘But we came back on Sunday with a win and I think if you look at the bigger picture, we are a few points away from the top four places and we have a cup final to play. So when we look at it at the end of May and we finished in the top four and won the Carabao Cup, I think everyone will say it’s been a pretty good season.
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‘In my career and as a person I never get too high and never too low. It is part of football, you will go through tough spells and you will go through good spells and it is important to just keep focusing on the bigger picture. And that’s what I’m trying to do and I’m sure the team is trying too. ‘
A Spurs fan since childhood, he has scored 215 goals for the club, just 51 times behind Jimmy Greaves’ record to Tottenham Hotspur, a mark he may well be able to hit next season. But to be 27, a World Cup Golden Boot winner, recognized as one of the world’s best forwards, but with no trophies, it’s a hugely uncomfortable place to be.
He can’t help but get a jealous look at England teammate Phil Foden, just 20, who is on the verge of winning a third Premier League title and who started his League Cup victory last year. Or, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has won the Premier League, Champions League, World Club Cup and UEFA Super Cup at the age of 22.
Perhaps he can take comfort in the career of Robert Lewandowski, the Polish striker he will play at Wembley on Wednesday.
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Lewandowski, 31, has 542 goals for club and country, but has scored 299 goals for Bayern and Poland since turning 27 in 2015, winning six major trophies in that time, an indication that the best is yet to come for Kane, who has scored. 247 goals for club and country.
So an inspiration? “Absolutely,” Kane agreed. ‘I think Lewandowski is a fantastic player. Incredible finisher, great moves and his all-round play is fantastic. And you see that year after year, the goals he scores and the contributions he has made to the team.
“A lot of them have been there over the past five years, and I feel today that there is no reason why you shouldn’t be in your early thirties. You look at Lewandowski, Ronaldo, Messi, a lot of the players get in even better shape when they’re in their 30s.
So that’s what I want to do. I am 27, still feel like I have many more years to go, to learn and improve. So when I look at players like that, it just gives me more motivation to do it. I definitely feel like I’m in a place where I can do that and hopefully play for many years to come. ‘
The England captain focused on England’s next two World Cup qualifiers and the rest of the season
His game has developed under Jose Mourinho this year. Sometimes he fell deep, his combination with Son Heung-min was devastating; one of the positive and consistent features of the Tottenham season.
He has 33 Premier League assists with Spurs and 13 of them have come this season, nine of them for Son. With players like Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho providing speed and intelligent timing of runs like Son, Kane believes his role in England has evolved too.
‘I think you may have seen me come in more this year and maybe get more assists and create more chances, but if you look at the past few years, especially the Euro campaign, the qualifying campaign, there were games where I had quite a few assists. and goals and I fell into that number 10 pocket and people like Raz [Sterling] and Jadon [Sancho] and [Marcus] Rashford came running after him.
“We have a really good relationship, so with the players we have, there is no reason why I can’t create chances, get assists and help the team as much as possible in that aspect.”
He says he feels like a more complete player. ‘I’m 27 now, I have a lot of experience in the game, I have had a lot of time to learn and adapt to my game and find things that work, find things that don’t.
“ You’re probably going to see an evolution of that this season and you’re probably feeling my best mentally, in terms of where my game is, being confident on the field and scoring goals, helping goals, defending.
‘I always feel that I can influence the game. I’m definitely at that stage of my career I’ve always been someone who has said I can improve year after year and that’s what I feel like I’ve done.
“I’m not the finished article by any means, but I’m in a very good place right now and I hope to continue with that and keep getting better in the years to come.”
For Kane, this is of course much more than a personal matter. The 2016 European Championship, Kane’s first major tournament, ended in the humiliation of the 2-1 defeat against Iceland.
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‘I was bitterly disappointed with how things were going as a team and for me personally. It was great to have the 2018 World Cup, to score there and be a big part of it. Hopefully I can follow that with another great tournament in 2021.
‘The goal for us and the manager when he came in was to try to become the number 1 in the world and we have taken steps in that direction. We have certainly improved in the last four or five years.
“We’ve had a great World Cup and that puts extra pressure, but if we want to be the best and win tournaments, we have to face that pressure. We have to go into the final with complete confidence in ourselves, which I think we have, and then achieve something special.
‘When you’ve finished your career, you want that on your resume, you want an England trophy on it. We haven’t won a trophy as a national team for a long time and if you look at the players we’ve produced and play who play year after year we have the best in the world so if I’m at the end of my career and I don’t trophy won with England, I will always look back and probably regret it. ‘
Albania on Sundays and Wembley in the summer. That’s enough to deal with. Only those problems also have to be solved and everything will be fine.