Kane Will Break My England Goal Record Says Rooney

England’s striker Harry Kane celebrates scoring his team’s second goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying first round Group A football match between England and Bulgaria at Wembley Stadium in London on September 7, 2019. Ben STANSALL / AFP

 

Wayne Rooney has tipped Harry Kane to break his England goal-scoring record in the next “two or three years”.

Rooney netted 53 times for England during his glittering career as the former Manchester United striker broke Bobby Charlton’s previous record of 49.

But Rooney, currently playing for American club DC United before a January move to Derby, believes England captain Kane is on course to knock him from first place soon enough.

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The Tottenham forward already has 26 England goals at the age of 26 after his scoring spree in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

“I never take goals for granted, I love scoring them. Once I got to 35 for England, I could feel the record getting close,” Rooney said on his podcast.

“I don’t think it’ll stand for 50 years like Bobby Charlton’s, I think Harry Kane, possibly the next two or three years will (do it). He’s a fantastic goalscorer and his record for England is fantastic.

“When I got the record and then went back for my last game I said it would be an honour to go and present him like Bobby Charlton presented me with the golden boot and I’m sure it won’t be before too long.”

Kane Stunner Earns Spurs Victory Over Juventus

 

Harry Kane scored a stunning 93rd minute winner from the halfway line as Tottenham Hotspur edged Juventus 3-2 in an entertaining pre-season friendly in Singapore on Sunday.

The England captain latched onto Lucas Moura’s short pass and launched a first-time shot high over a scrambling substitute keeper Wojciech Szczesny as Spurs rallied past new manager Maurizio Sarri’s Italian champions in front of a delighted National Stadium crowd.

“It’s probably one of the best goals of my career. I noticed the keeper was often off of his line and thought if I get a chance to shoot I will and it just went in,” Kane said in a post-match interview.

A youthful Spurs dominated the first half as Juventus struggled to adapt to their new coach’s “Sarri-ball” tactic of playing out from the back with short, quick passes.

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Instead of moving the ball forward, Juventus often found themselves defending desperately after being caught in possession as Spurs pressed high up the pitch with the Premier League side going on to take a deserved lead on the half-hour mark.

Son Heung-min started the move by holding up play and feeding Troy Parrott for a clear run at Gianluigi Buffon in the Juventus goal, with the 17-year-old forward’s low strike parried by the veteran keeper straight into the path of an unmarked Erik Lamela for a routine tap-in.

“It was a very good game, very competitive. To be honest, we are still short in our preparations and I wasn’t planning to play this way so early in the pre-season … we were still hoping to give some players more rest after a long campaign,” Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

“The result was not the most important thing today, the performance was and how we continue our preparations for the upcoming season.”

Juventus had more success after the break when they increased their tempo and went more direct, and halftime substitute Gonzalo Higuain levelled the score in the 56th minute with a drilled strike after exchanging neat passes with Federico Bernardeschi.

Buoyed by the equaliser, Juventus were soon ahead when Cristiano Ronaldo arrived late to drive home Mattia De Sciglio’s cutback four minutes later, leaving to rapturous applause by an adoring crowd when he was substituted immediately after scoring.

Spurs were level in the 65th minute, however, when Champions League semi-final hero Lucas fired home record signing Tanguy Ndombele’s low cross, the French midfielder finding the Brazilian with his first touch after coming on as a substitute.

Kane and Higuain both squandered good chances to score winning goals in the final 10 minutes before the England striker prevented the contest going to a penalty shootout with the most brilliant of strikes.

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Winning Nations League Can Be Launching Pad For Euros – Kane

Harry Kane

 

Harry Kane believes if England can lift the inaugural Nations League later this year in Portugal it will instill the confidence required to add the European Championship title in 2020.

The 25-year-old England captain told The Daily Telegraph inflicting Spain’s first competitive home defeat in 15 years and avenging their defeat in the World Cup semi-finals by Croatia in the Nations League group stage had maintained the momentum.

Kane, who finished top scorer in Russia with six goals to win the Golden Boot, said should England win their first continental trophy since the 1966 World Cup it will give them the ideal launching pad for further success.

England play the Netherlands in the semi-finals in the northern Portuguese city of Guimaraes on June 6 with the winner playing either Switzerland or hosts Portugal in the final on June 9.

“Now the Nations League is an opportunity to win a trophy and if we win one then hopefully it will be easier to win another,” he said.

“It will give us a real confidence and belief going into the Euros.”

Kane, who scored 42 goals in 63 appearances for his club Tottenham Hotspur and country last year, said the wins over Spain and Croatia showed they had learnt lessons from the World Cup.

“When we look back at the World Cup then there were performances in which we could have done better and the next motivation, the next step is putting that right,” he said.

“We’ve put in some big games -– beating Spain away, Croatia at home.

“It feels like we are still ticking those boxes, as we were doing in the summer, that will make us better.”

Kane on a personal front admits it may seem odd but he has never felt he has completely won people over despite his remarkable goalscoring feats for both club and country.

“My whole career I have had to prove people wrong almost play with a chip on my shoulder,” he said.

“That motivation is just something that’s been inside me, instilled in me, wanting to do my best.”

Those doubts he has had to overcome were sewn when after coming through the Spurs academy he was sent out on loan to the unglamourous duo of Leyton Orient and Millwall.

He continued his learning curve with further loans to Leicester City and Norwich.

He says that New England Patriots legendary five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady offered inspiration in showing how you can blow away the sceptics.

“Turns out, Tom Brady was the 199th pick in his draft class,” said Kane.

“It just blew my mind — but in a good way.

“It is a real inspiration. Seeing how he became the best ever from people doubting him.

“It gave me huge self-belief and confidence that I was going to make it.”

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Kane To The Rescue As Spurs Hit Back To Avoid Early Exit

Kane Strikes But Spurs Held By Brighton
Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane.  Photo: Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Harry Kane kept alive Tottenham’s bid to reach the Champions League knockout stages as the England striker’s late double inspired a dramatic 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were only 12 minutes away from being eliminated as they struggled to recover from Luuk De Jong’s opener for PSV after 61 seconds at Wembley.

But England captain Kane came to the rescue with a predatory equaliser before heading the crucial last-gasp winner with the aid of a deflection off PSV’s Trent Sainsbury.

With two matches remaining, at home to Inter Milan on November 28 and away to Barcelona on December 11, Tottenham remain in third place in Group B.

But the north London club are now just three points behind second-placed Inter and have their fate back in their own hands.

While Tottenham are far from certain to make the last 16, they could at least allow themselves a huge sigh of relief after staving off elimination at the group stage for the second time in three seasons.

Describing Tottenham’s campaign so far as “a weird season”, Pochettino has sought solace in the political drama House of Cards recently.

But life imitated art a little too much for Pochettino’s liking as Tottenham’s defence collapsed like a house in the second minute.

There were large swathes of empty seats around Wembley as Tottenham fans showed their frustration at their team’s spluttering European form.

The stay-aways appeared to have made the right choice when PSV took their shock lead.

De Jong had frustrated Tottenham with a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw between the teams last month and once again the PSV captain improved impossible to contain as he rose above three defenders to head home from Gaston Pereiro’s corner.

It was the quickest goal Tottenham had conceded in the Champions League, but the blow sparked them into mounting a sustained period of pressure on the PSV goal.

Spurs relief

Dele Alli was back in the Tottenham line-up after missing their weekend win at Wolves through injury and the England midfielder almost made an immediate impact.

Pouncing on Davinson Sanchez’s knock down, Alli produced a back-heeled effort that was cleared off the line by Angelino.

Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane had shots deflected wide as Pochettino’s men monopolised possession.

Lucas Moura almost conjured an equaliser with a superb sprint through the heart of the PSV defence.

Moura’s initial shot was blocked by goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet before the Brazilian scuffed the rebound over the bar.

Zoet frustrated Tottenham again with a brilliant double save, keeping out Eriksen’s close-range shot, then scrambling to his feet to deny Alli from the follow-up before celebrating with a defiant fist-pump.

Alli lost another duel with Zoet soon after, this time watching in despair as the Dutch keeper pushed away his low drive.

It was the same story after the interval as Tottenham probed for a leveller, only for PSV to soak up the pressure in stoic fashion.

As the tension mounted, Pochettino’s decision to take off the lively Moura was greeted with jeers from Tottenham fans.

But Tottenham kept pressing in composed style and Kane drilled a fierce strike that Zoet repelled at his near post.

Just as time was running out, Kane finally made Tottenham’s territorial dominance pay off in the 78th minute.

His physical presence won an aerial duel and when the ball fell to Fernando Llorente, the substitute teed up Kane for a clinical low strike that flashed past Zoet for his 12th goal in 14 Champions League appearances.

Donyell Malen almost curtailed the Tottenham celebrations, but his rocket from the edge of the area was pushed away by Paulo Gazzaniga.

It was a vital contribution from Gazzaniga as Kane poached Tottenham’s 89th-minute winner, rising to head home via a deflection off Sainsbury.

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Kane Committed To Tottenham For Long-Term

England’s striker Harry Kane attends an open training session at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent on June 6, 2018, ahead of their international friendly football match against Costa Rica.
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England captain Harry Kane gave a huge boost to Tottenham Hotspur on Friday by signing a new six-year contract through to 2024 with the Premier League club.

The 24-year-old striker scored a personal best 41 goals this season and had been mentioned as a possible target for European champions Real Madrid with other clubs also lurking in the wings.

Some had speculated Kane would want a move away so he could win some silverware as despite Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino gaining plaudits for the attractive style of football they play they are yet to win a trophy under him since he took over in 2014.

“We are delighted to announce that Harry Kane has signed a new six-year contract with the Club, which will run until 2024,” read a statement from Spurs on their website.

Kane — who may have been inspired to commit himself after Pochettino signed a five year contract in late May — said it was exciting times for the players at the club as apart from seeking a title they are also looking forward to moving into their new state of the art stadium having had to paly their home matches at Wembley last season.

“I’m really excited, it’s a proud day,” Kane told the club website.

“Obviously it’s been a great few seasons and I’m looking forward to the future.

“I’m looking forward to the new stadium first and foremost and just to keep progressing as a Club.

“It’s been fantastic to consistently get in the Champions League so I’m really excited to have another go at that.

“For us as a Club, it’s just about keeping improving and we’ll work hard to do that.”

The settling of Kane’s long-term future will also be pleasing for England manager Gareth Southgate as it will not serve as a distraction during the World Cupfinals this month.

“I’m obviously really excited about the World Cupcoming up so it’s nice to get this done before that and I’m just looking to go out there and enjoy it now,” said Kane.

“It’s been a great season, like always the aim is to try to improve so hopefully I can do that this summer and obviously next season as well.”

Kane — who will be seeking in Russia to make up for a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign — has established all kinds of landmarks since breaking into the Spurs first team four seasons ago.

He became the Club’s leading scorer in the Premier League era, surpassing Teddy Sheringham’s total of 97, while he has also joined the elite group of players to score 100 Premier League goals, doing so in just 141 games.

Kane finished the 2017 calendar year as the top goalscorer in European football with 56 goals for Club and country, as well as breaking Alan Shearer’s record for the most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year, recording 39 in total.

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Kane Awarded Tottenham Goal After Appeal

Wenger Admits Kane Is Europe's Best Despite Derby Tension
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Harry Kane has been awarded Tottenham Hotspur’s second goal in their 2-1 Premier League victory at Stoke City after the England star appealed against the decision to give it to Christian Eriksen.

Kane claimed he got the final touch on Eriksen’s free-kick at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday, but the strike was initially credited to the Danish midfielder.

“I swear on my daughter’s life that I touched the ball,” Kane later said.

Eriksen added: “He celebrated like it was his goal so I will have to take his word for it.”

After reviewing the match footage, the Premier League’s goal accreditation appeals panel ruled Kane had diverted the ball into the net, giving the striker 25 Premier League goals this season.

“Harry Kane has been awarded Tottenham Hotspur’s second goal in their 2-1 win against Stoke City on Saturday, after the club and player successfully appealed to the Premier League’s Goal Accreditation Appeals Panel,” a Premier League statement said on Wednesday.

Kane is chasing Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah, who has 29 goals this term, in the race to finish as the league’s top scorer.

The match at Stoke was Kane’s first start since March after he returned from an ankle injury.

Salah, who has scored 11 goals in his last eight league games, appeared to question the decision on Twitter.

Just 15 minutes after the announcement, he posted: “Wooooooow really ?”

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Kane To Cheer Gemili During Commonwealth Games

FILE PHOTO Britain’s Adam Gemili competes in the men’s 200 meters semi-final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. Photo Credit: Olivier MORIN / AFP

 

Englishman Adam Gemili will have Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane cheering him on from afar when the sprinter goes for 100 meters gold at the Commonwealth Games.

The 24-year-old Gemili, who was a pacy lower league footballer before turning his full focus to athletics, is one of the favourites on Monday on Australia’s Gold coast.

Gemili, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 100m silver medallist, revealed that his coach Rana Reider is friends with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The two Spurs men made a surprise visit to see Gemili training in Barcelona.

“I am a big football fan so I was ecstatic. He is probably the best striker in the world at the moment,” Gemili said of England international Kane, one of the hottest strikers in football.

“He was very friendly, keen to learn and asked lots of questions.”

Gemili abandoned his semi-professional football career to do athletics full-time in 2012 after deciding he would achieve more as a runner.

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Kane Rescues Tottenham With Late Winner At Palace

Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane (C) scores the opening goal with this header during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park in south London on February 25, 2018.
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Harry Kane struck late to secure Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Sunday that moved Mauricio Pochettino’s side into the top four immediately ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Manchester United.

Spurs appeared set for disappointment after struggling to break down a Crystal Palace fighting to move clear of the relegation places.

But Kane finally found the breakthrough on 88 minutes, meeting Christian Eriksen’s corner at the far post and directing a header past goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey who should have done better after getting a firm hand to the ball.

Spurs’ relief was matched by the frustration felt by Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson and his players who appeared to have done enough to hold onto the point.

The win pushed Pochettino’s men two points above Chelsea and while they knew the positions could be reversed by the end of the day, they could be satisfied they had increased the pressure on Antonio Conte’s side.

Pochettino made 10 changes to the side that drew with Rochdale in the FA Cup seven days previously but the more significant fact was that his line-up showed just one change to the team that drew at Juventus in the Champions League.

The withdrawal of Jan Vertonghen after the centre-back picked up a knock in training the day before the game meant Eric Dier slotted in alongside Davinson Sanchez in central defence in an otherwise familiar Spurs line-up.

By contrast, Hodgson’s hand was forced by the absence of 12 senior players, leaving the Crystal Palace manager with few options.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 20, came in at right-back for his senior debut and the depth of the home side’s injury problems was reflected on the substitutes’ bench where four of the seven replacements had yet to make a Premier League appearance for the club.

The makeshift nature of the Palace line-up was reflected in a disjointed start that could have seen Tottenham three up inside 16 minutes had the visitors made more of a succession of defensive errors.

Early chances

Ben Davies should have done better after Andros Townsend unexpectedly failed to clear Eriksen’s free-kick although the left-back insisted he had a strong claim for a penalty after colliding with Hennessey.

Then two minutes later, an even better opportunity fell to Kane who was uncharacteristically wasteful when Patrick van Aanholt sliced a clearance into the forward’s path. Kane was only eight yards out but placed his shot too close to Hennessey who diverted the effort over the bar.

A third Palace error allowed Dele Alli to evade the offside trap and collect Eriksen’s floated ball over the top but the England midfielder rushed his attempt to direct a header over the onrushing Hennessey.

It seemed only a matter of time before Palace’s defence would be unpicked and Timothy Fosu-Mensah was fortunate an offside flag meant his clear foul on Kane inside the home area went unpunished.

But Hodgson’s side grew in confidence and began to cut out the mistakes as the first half progressed.

They offered little going forward, but by getting bodies behind the ball, the home side halted a succession of Tottenham attacking moves, leaving Kane frustrated at the lack of opportunities to come his way.

A sliced shot that flew high and wide by Kane early in the second half confirmed things were not going the visitors’ way. And having withstood the early pressure, Palace began to appear increasingly threatening on the counter-attack, without ever managing to test keeper Hugo Lloris.

Alexander Sorloth, the striker signed during the last transfer window, led two breaks that ensured Tottenham were forced to apply a degree of caution as they pursued the breakthrough.

But the visitors’ frustration was compounded when a third penalty appeal was rejected, this time after Alli went to ground following a clumsy challenge by Van Aanholt, before relief came in the form of Kane’s header — the striker’s 35th goal of the season.

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Kane Hails Tottenham Valuable Away Goals

Juventus’ goalkeeper from Italy Gianluigi Buffon (C) saves a header from Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane (2L) during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg football match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur at The Allianz Stadium in Turin on February 13, 2018.
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Striker Harry Kane said he was delighted that Tottenham fought back on Tuesday to take two valuable away goals into the second leg of their last 16 Champions League tie with Juventus.

Kane scored one of Spurs’ goals as the English side fought back from 2-0 down to 2-2 in Turin, giving them an outstanding opportunity to qualify for the quarter-finals when the two sides meet at Wembley on March 7.

The Italian giants will have to outscore Tottenham if they are to go through.

Asked if he feared Spurs were about to sink without trace after the two early goals from Gonzalo Higuain, Kane told BT Sport: “We could have done, away from home in the Champions League. It showed character.

“It was an excellent performance after that and we take two away goals to Wembley. Great result.”

Spurs’ other scorer, Christian Eriksen, said: “We are sure we will have chances at Wembley. We go into that game full of confidence and we’re looking forward to it.”

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Kane Can Prove European Pedigree At Juventus

Kane Sets New Record As Tottenham Crush Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane 
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Harry Kane scored more goals than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in 2017, but it is on the Champions League stage the prolific Tottenham striker must deliver to be truly measured against the five-time World Players of the Year.

Kane gets his chance when Europe’s premier club competition returns on Tuesday as he leads Spurs into the lion’s den of Juventus’ Allianz stadium in Turin, where the Italians have lost once in 27 Champions League games.

“Massive game but that’s what you look forward to as a player,” said Kane after deciding the North London derby in Spurs’ favour on Saturday with his 32nd goal of the season.

“You want to test yourself against the best and Juventus have been amazing in the Champions League recently, so looking forward to it.”

They don’t come much better than Juve’s defence, led by legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and veteran rugged defender Giorgio Chiellini, who have conceded once in their last 16 games.

“Harry Kane is a fantastic player. He played against us three years ago and he has really improved,” Chiellini told the Daily Mail newspaper.

“Now he scores more than Messi in a calendar year…and that’s very different to scoring more than Chiellini!”

The Italian champions blunted Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar over two legs to dump out Barcelona on route to their second final in three years last season.

And German midfielder Sami Khedira believes stopping Kane will be just as big a task.

“Harry Kane for me is maybe the most complete striker,” the German midfielder told the BBC.

“He is strong, good with his head, fast, good with his feet, can score with one touch, he can dribble.

“For me he’s an amazing player and still young, so Tottenham are lucky to have him.”

 ‘Present and future’ 

How long they will have is a constant source of speculation as despite steady progress in four seasons under Mauricio Pochettino, Kane is still to win any silverware in his career.

Pochettino insisted Kane is Tottenham’s “present and future” after he once again proved Arsenal’s scourge with his seventh goal in as many North London derbies on Saturday.

“Sometimes you believe that he is my player and I try to boost him,” added the Argentine.

“I’m telling you and I tell again, in my experience in football, he is one of the best.”

Even opposition managers are lining up to hail Kane as world class.

“We were caught by a super striker, he is one of the best in the world. He scores against everyone,” said Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, a week after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp suggested England could challenge for the World Cup this summer with Kane on their side.

Spurs’ dramatic improvement on the European stage this season has mirrored that of their talisman after a disappointing Champions League debut last season.

Kane has six goals in six games in the competition this season, only Ronaldo with nine has more.

However, with Real Madrid facing Paris Saint-Germain in a blockbuster clash there is the potential for the Portuguese and Messi to be dethroned as the Champions League’s top scorer for the first time since 2007.

Should Kane break down Juve’s defensive wall on his way to ending their reign, comparisons with Messi and Ronaldo will truly be justified.

But it would also put even more pressure on Spurs to resist offers from around Europe with Madrid possibly in the market for a successor to the 33-year-old Ronaldo come the summer.

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Kane Is Europe’s Best, Wenger Admits Despite Derby Tension

(FILE PHOTO) Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger 
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger put North London rivalries aside as he accepted Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane is the most in-form striker in Europe on Thursday.

Kane, 24, became the second fastest player to ever reach 100 Premier League goals by netting his 31st of the season in just 32 games to salvage a point for Spurs from a thrilling 2-2 draw at Liverpool last weekend.

“If you look at the numbers, no, because he has high numbers,” Wenger said when asked if there was a better striker in Europe at the moment than Kane.

The England international spoke this week of how being released from Arsenal’s academy as an eight-year-old left him with a “chip on his shoulder”.

Kane has more than taken revenge with a fine record against Arsenal, scoring six goals in seven North London derbies.

Wenger broke Arsenal’s transfer record last week to add more firepower to the Gunners quest to beat Tottenham to a top-four finish by splashing out £56 million ($78 million) on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

And the Frenchman is hoping his new front line of Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan — who shone in a 5-1 thrashing of Everton in their fist outing together — can outgun Kane when the sides meet on Saturday.

“I believe what you want in a game like that is to keep him quiet and for our strikers to express their talent.”

More than local bragging rights are on offer with Arsenal trailing fifth-placed Spurs by four points in the race for a return to the Champions League place with just 12 Premier League games of the season remaining.

“It’s a big game because we are behind in the table and we have to catch up,” added Wenger.

“It is more important for us to come back mathematically than it is emotionally-charged.”

Following their controversial draw at Anfield that saw Spurs win two late penalties and Dele Alli booked for diving, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino defended his players by criticising the fixation with diving in English football.

Yet Wenger, who also spoke out against Manchester City’s England international Raheem Sterling earlier this season, believes it is English players who have become the “masters” of diving.

“I remember there were tremendous cases here when foreign players did it but I must say the English players have learned very quickly and they might even be the masters now.”

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Kane Denies Diving After Anfield Penalty Row

Kane Sets New Record As Tottenham Crush Southampton
(FILE PHOTO) Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane 
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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has hit back at Virgil van Dijk’s claim he dived to win a penalty in Sunday’s dramatic 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield.

Liverpool’s record signing said the England international went down too easily under pressure from goalkeeper Loris Karius for the first of two Spurs penalties.

“I think it is a dive. You see him (Kane) diving clearly and no one is talking about it but I think it is a dive,” said Van Dijk, who joined Liverpool from Southampton last month for £75 million ($106 million, 85 million euros).

Kane’s first spot-kick was saved but he converted a second deep into added time to salvage a point and reach 100 Premier League goals.

“He (Karius) has dived, he got in the way and I’m a player. I’m not going to jump out of the way because it’s football,” said Kane, denying Van Dijk’s accusation. “I definitely felt contact and I went down.”

Kane, like manager Mauricio Pochettino, praised the officials for having the strength of character to award two controversial penalties at Liverpool’s home ground.

Assistant referee Ed Smart flagged for a Van Dijk foul on Erik Lamela for the second penalty award after match official Jon Moss had waved play on.

“I thought the linesman showed amazing character to give (the second penalty) because a lot happened for the first one about the linesman so to give that penalty was massive — and it was a penalty,” added Kane.

The debate surrounding the first penalty centred on whether Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren had touched the ball on its way through to Kane, who would otherwise have been offside as he clashed with Karius.

Kane’s late strike brought up a century of Premier League goals in his 141st match.

Only Alan Shearer (124) reached the landmark more quickly and the Tottenham striker now has his sights set on the next 100, with Shearer’s all-time record of 260 still some way off.

“That has to be the aim — and hopefully quicker than I got to 100,” said the 24-year-old. “It is nice, I am going to enjoy the moment but let’s see how many I can get this year and go from there.”

Liverpool are third in the Premier League, five points behind second-placed Manchester United, while Spurs are fifth, one point behind Chelsea, who travel to play Watford on Monday.

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