Say this about Harry Kane: he never rests on his laurels. Tottenham Hotspur’s star striker is again with England ahead of their Nations League opener against Spain on Saturday, but he spent some time in front of a microphone speaking to the media today in a press conference. There, he said how pleased he was to be back with the England squad that had such success in Russia this summer, but despite winning the Golden Boot he thinks he could’ve done even better at the World Cup.
“It was great and I scored some good goals and important goals. But there was stuff I could’ve done better as well - certain finishes and certain movements, but that is all part of the learning curve.
”I remember coming back and talking to people about it, that to win a Golden Boot at a World Cup and think you could do better is exciting because it means there’s lots of improvement and I’m at a high level already.
“I feel fully fit, we’ve come back and started the season well from a club point of view so hopefully I can take that into the games here. “
You know what, he’s absolutely right. Sure, he scored more goals than any other player in Russia this summer, but most of his goals were pretty stupid, or from the penalty spot. He scored, in my words, “the dumbest hat trick in World Cup history” and while it’s a fantastic achievement, nobody would look at his performances in Russia and say that he was on his A-game.
And that’s fine! Kane was still coming back from the injury he sustained against Bournemouth (some would say he’s STILL coming back from that injury) and that he managed to do what he did still tells you what kind of an athlete and footballer he is.
That said, I still wish he would just skip this weekend and rest.