Harry Kane: Wantaway Tottenham star puts club future on hold until after Euros

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Harry Kane: Wantaway Tottenham star puts club future on hold until after Euros
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Harry Kane has put his club future on hold until after the Euros, with the Tottenham striker determined to focus on winning the tournament with England.

Kane has asked to leave Spurs and had wanted his future resolved before the tournament, which begins for England against Croatia in just 10 days.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have all contacted Kane’s representatives but the forward is now resigned to no major developments until after the tournament and is said to be in ‘Euros mode’ and ignoring all outside distractions.

While talks could still continue behind the scenes, Kane will not be involved in discussions and he is preparing to give short shrift to questions about his future during the finals.

It remains to be seen if Tottenham’s move to appoint Antonio Conte could help persuade Kane to stay put, with the 27-year-old’s situation sure to have been raised in discussions between the Italian and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy this week.

Kane looked sharp in an hour run-out as England began their preparations in earnest with a 1-0 win over Austria at the Riverside Stadium.

Gareth Southgate was without 11 European finalists from United, City and Chelsea, robbing the contest of real relevance, but goalscorer Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham and Jack Grealish all advanced their claims for minutes with lively displays.

Saka slotted into an empty net on 56 minutes to score his first international goal and begin repaying Southgate’s faith in selecting him in the final 26-man squad on Tuesday. The goal came moments after he was twice clattered on the left touchline by Stefan Lainer, who was booked for his efforts, on a night when England’s players were forced to stand up to rough treatment from the visitors.

Predictably, no one was fouled more than Grealish, who won more free-kicks than any other player in the Premier League last season, and the Aston Villa playmaker was England’s brightest spark.

He created the best chance of the first half, a Kane shot which was smothered by goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann, while the captain made a fine early opportunity for Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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With Kane so adept at dropping deep, Southgate may ultimately favour more direct runners than Grealish alongside the centre-forward, like Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho or Marcus Rashford, but his performance will have given the manager another welcome headache.

It could be a straight choice between Phil Foden and Grealish, who left the pitch to a standing ovation from the 8,000 fans present.

Bellingham similarly made a case for inclusion with another precocious display at the heart of midfield and the absence of Jordan Henderson, who was supposed to have appeared from the bench, has increased the chances of the 17-year-old starting on June 13.

The contest was overshadowed by loud booing when the players took the knee before kick-off and a late thigh injury to Alexander-Arnold, whose participation in the tournament is now in doubt.

A serious injury to the Liverpool right-back would offer a reprieve to one of England’s five outfield standby players, all of whom featured on Wednesday night, and there are cases to be made for Ben Godfrey, Ben White, James Ward-Prowse and Jesse Lingard as a replacement.

Southgate’s decision may hinge on which of Henderson and Harry Maguire have the least chance of playing a major part at the finals, with Ward-Prowse a natural understudy for the Liverpool captain and centre-backs White and Gofrey potentially offering cover for Maguire.

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