Harry Kane started his first match in seven weeks against Arsenal in the North London Derby today, and bagged a goal from the penalty spot in Spurs’ 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium. That, he says, is enough that he feels good enough to play for England next week during the international break.
Kane, in post-match comments, essentially gave Gareth Southgate the go-ahead to call him to the Three Lions squad for a World Cup qualifying match against Scotland on November 11 and a friendly against Spain on November 15.
"I played 75 minutes. I have trained all week, I am ready to step up for England, I am feeling good, the ankle is fine.”
UGH. You can make the argument that Kane, who looked pretty rusty at the Emirates despite giving Spurs an emotional boost, needs more game time to improve and get back up to match fitness. And that’s probably true, but seeing as how he’s only just getting back from injury, I feel overly protective and don’t want to see him to get that match time away from the club.
However, Southgate might just call him up, especially with Danny Welbeck injured, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge on bad form, and Marcus Rashford not getting much game time at United. While I get that playing for your country is an honor, I really, really hate this idea and hope the club puts its foot down.
Harry Kane’s goal was also significant as it’s the fifth goal he’s scored in the last five matches against Arsenal. Kane also was thrilled to score again against Spurs’ arch-rivals and said as much on SpursTV.
“I’ve scored a few goals against Arsenal now and they always get sweeter every time I score, especially in front of the away fans”
They sure do, Harry. They sure as heck do.