Harry Kane not guaranteed a rest for Carabao Cup as Tottenham coach says World Cup fears are ‘not our job’

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Tottenham assistant coach Cristian Stellini has refused to rule out Harry Kane starting Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Nottingham Forest.

Kane has started every one of Tottenham’s games this season, sitting out just 14 minutes of action.

With the World Cup kicking off next week, it was thought England captain Kane could be rested for Spurs’ trip to Forest in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday.

But Antonio Conte’s No2, Stellini, said: “Antonio will take the decision tomorrow because it is too short a time from the last game to analyse which type of energy the players can use in the next game.

“Antonio will speak with all the players and take the right decision for the team, but it is an important game and an important competition and we want to win.

“We don’t have to think about the World Cup, it is not our job. Our job is to take care of our players and to try to use them to reach our targets but also to save the players.

“We are not crazy, we have to take the right decision with the players sometimes.”

Asked if Kane is the type of player who wants to play every game, Stellini said: “Yes and I want to see Harry Kane in every game.

“But the decision is up to Antonio. But I love football and I love to see talented players and Harry Kane is a talented player and in every competition I hope to see him play for Tottenham.”