Why Harry Kane is confident he will start scoring again soon after admitting turbulent summer took a toll

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Harry Kane says there is "no doubt" he will start scoring again soon, as the England captain eyes another milestone in tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Albania at Wembley.

Kane needs two more goals to surpass Wayne Rooney as England’s top scorer in competitive matches but he has found the net just once in the Premier League for Tottenham this season and was subdued in last month’s 1-1 draw with Hungary.

Addressing his form, Kane yesterday opened up on the mental and physical toll of England’s defeat in the final of Euro 2020 and his aborted attempts to leave Spurs during the summer, admitting he may "never get over" the loss to Italy on penalties.

He has cut a dejected and occasionally disengaged figured on club duty, although the arrival of new head coach Antonio Conte has energised Kane, who was typically bullish about returning to form.

"Coming so close to a dream and it being taken away from you in such a quick moment, and then it was my first summer of transfer speculation and having to deal with those situations, of course it takes a toll mentally," Kane said.

"I came off the back of a tournament where you’re physically tired, you’re mentally tired and all of a sudden three weeks later the Premier League is starting and you’re just straight back into it. We’ve had to deal with that as players more and more, so we’ve got more used to it but it’s never easy.

"It’s never easy just to start firing on all cylinders again. Your body needs time to respond physically and mentally.

"I know the goals will come, there’s no doubt about that," he added. "But, as we spoke about in the summer, I went a couple games without scoring and there’s a lot of talk but sometimes the ball just falls you way, sometimes it doesn’t.

"That’s honestly what happens as a striker, it’s about being in the right place at the right time and doing the right movements.

"As I’d always back my finishing whenever I get chances, there’s no reset button and it’s just about working hard and keeping focus, that self-belief, and the goals will come, the chances will come and obviously I’ll be there to put them away."

Kane wanted to leave Spurs for Manchester City over the summer and was delayed in reporting back to the club for pre-season following his post-Euros break.

While he said he would keep his version of events "between me and the club", Kane suggested the situation was misrepresented.

"I know there’s some stuff that went around and when you know the truth and you know what’s actually happening sometimes, of course, it’s difficult to read certain things," said the 28-year-old, who backed his brother and agent, Charlie, who was the subject of criticism from supporters for his unsuccessful exit strategy.

"That’s part and parcel of it, that’s part and parcel of learning to be in those situations when there’s a lot of speculation about yourself personally."

Until this month, Kane has been reluctant to speak publicly about his form or situation at Spurs, even while on England duty, but he effectively broke cover after Conte’s first game in charge to back the Italian’s appointment and now says he is ready to "get over" his slump in form this winter.

"With the new manager coming in at club level, that gives everyone a lift, it gives a new spark to the team so I’m looking forward to working with him and getting to know him," Kane said.

"Overall, I feel like mentally I am in a good place and I’m really ready to get over this tough period in the winter."

England need four points from tonight’s match at a sold-out Wembley and Monday’s visit to San Marino to guarantee their place in Qatar next winter, and two goals for Kane would see him surpass Rooney’s 37 in competitive games.

"Whenever you’re talking about Wayne Rooney for England and goalscoring records you know that you’re doing something right," Kane said.

"Of course, that’d be a great milestone to hit, it’d be great to achieve that as soon as possible in my career and I say all along that those kind of records are just bonuses.

"The most important thing is qualifying, winning for the team and then if you end up scoring a couple and breaking one of those records, that’s just an added bonus and that’s the sort of stuff I guess you look back on when you’ve finished your career and realise what you’ve achieved and then take it all in."

Kane will lead the line tonight, with England manager Gareth Southgate set to turn to Jude Bellingham or Jordan Henderson in midfield, with Declan Rice ruled out through illness.

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