Southgate backs misfiring Spurs star Kane to hit form for England
After being linked with a move away to Manchester City in the last transfer window, Tottenham's Harry Kane has struggled for form this term.
Gareth Southgate backed Harry Kane to return to form with England as they prepare for October's World Cup qualifiers.
Southgate's side are set to face Andorra and Hungary but their captain Kane comes into next month's internationals out of form with Tottenham.
Despite collecting the Premier League Golden Boot last campaign, the 28-year-old has struggled this term, failing to score or assist in 378 top-flight minutes - attempting just nine shots and creating only four chances.
Kane's international form, by contrast, has not dropped, with the forward netting in 15 consecutive games across the World Cup and European Championship qualifiers.
However, Southgate remained firm on his stance about his star striker as he expressed his support for Kane, who is on his longest drought since August 2016.
Southgate on Kane: "That's the life of a high-profile player"
Harry Kane is yet to score in Premier League this season and has attempted only four shots...— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 24, 2021
"I can only talk from an England perspective," Southgate responded to reporters when asked about Kane's lack of form on Thursday after announcing his 23-man squad.
"Every couple of months I sit here and have to answer similar questions, and then Harry goes out and scores a lot of goals for us.
"That's the life of a high-profile player - you have to accept there's going to be that speculation and intensity, that analysis of performances.
"Last month we had three games, he played in all three and scored goals in all three. He's still a critical part of what we do and I'm sure he's going to be highly motivated when he comes to see us next week.
"He's closing in on a number of incredible goalscorers. We had the sad news of Jimmy Greaves in the last couple of weeks, and Harry is in that echelon of incredible names."
Tottenham were most recently downed 3-1 by fierce rivals Arsenal, with Kane making just five passes and recording 25 touches across 90 minutes at Emirates Stadium.
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