The Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane says he is not suffering burnout or the dreaded second-season syndrome and that he is confident the goals will come.
The 22-year-old is still to score for Spurs in four games following his breakthrough 21 Premier League goals last season. He is part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino tomorrow and then Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday. Kane met Alan Shearer last week at a walking football promotion and says that he discussed the volatile nature of goalscoring with the Premier League’s all-time highest goalscorer.
Kane said: “We shared some things, obviously, he’s been in the same sort of situation as I am now and he gave me some good tips. Talking to players like that can only help me, players that have been there and done it at the top level for years.
“He just said that you go through games without scoring, but he said the best strikers in the world just put it to the back of their mind and focus on the next chance or goal – and that’s what I try to do. It was great to hear that that’s what he went through sometimes and what he did about it. If I can do the same and keep focused then that’s what I can do.”
Kane said that there was no problem with his fitness and that “a few fine margins” had defined Spurs’ slow start to the season. “I feel absolutely fine,” Kane said. “I think it was always going to be a case of if I didn’t score early on in the season then people were going to say, ‘Is he tired or is he not?’ But I’m 100 per cent fit and feel as fit as I did this time last year and I’m ready to go. I’ve had no problems, I’m training hard and I’m looking forward to the season.”
He added: “I have probably had to work harder than I did last year. To maintain your form at the top level is always harder than trying to get into the team. I have been working hard on the training field but it is more about doing the same as last season. Last season towards the end I was getting man-marked and I was still able to score. Obviously, I know I can do it.”Reuse content