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FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018 Tottenham's Harry Kane applauds fans as he is substituted off Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

An AFC Wimbledon fan holds up a handmade replica of the FA Cup trophy during the English FA Cup third round match between Tottenham and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium in London, on January 7, 2018

An AFC Wimbledon fan holds up a handmade replica of the FA Cup trophy during the English FA Cup third round match between Tottenham and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium in London, on January 7, 2018 (AFP Photo/)

An AFC Wimbledon fan holds up a handmade replica of the FA Cup trophy during the English FA Cup third round match between Tottenham and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium in London, on January 7, 2018

FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018. Tottenham's Harry Kane applauds fans as he is substituted off. Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018 Tottenham's Harry Kane applauds fans as he is substituted off Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

Harry Kane Reveals Spurs Trophy Ambitions & What Club Need to Do to Keep Him

Him ​Harry Kane has opened up about his desire to win silverware with Tottenham and whether footballers should stay at a club if they aren't happy there. The Spurs superstar was quoted by ​ESPN as he lifted the lid on a number of intriguing topics put to him following his side's 3-0 FA Cup third round victory over AFC Wimbledon. Kane, who enjoyed a superb 2017 by breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, is yet to win a trophy since he broke into the first-team...

Harry Kane Reveals Spurs Trophy Ambitions & What Club Need to Do to Keep Him

Him ​Harry Kane has opened up about his desire to win silverware with Tottenham and whether footballers should stay at a club if they aren't happy there. The Spurs superstar was quoted by ​ESPN as he lifted the lid on a number of intriguing topics put to him following his side's 3-0 FA Cup third round victory over AFC Wimbledon. Kane, who enjoyed a superb 2017 by breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, is yet to win a trophy since he broke into the first-team...

Harry Kane Reveals Spurs Trophy Ambitions & What Club Need to Do to Keep Him

Him ​Harry Kane has opened up about his desire to win silverware with Tottenham and whether footballers should stay at a club if they aren't happy there. The Spurs superstar was quoted by ​ESPN as he lifted the lid on a number of intriguing topics put to him following his side's 3-0 FA Cup third round victory over AFC Wimbledon. Kane, who enjoyed a superb 2017 by breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, is yet to win a trophy since he broke into the first-team...

Harry Kane Reveals Spurs Trophy Ambitions & What Club Need to Do to Keep Him

Him ​Harry Kane has opened up about his desire to win silverware with Tottenham and whether footballers should stay at a club if they aren't happy there. The Spurs superstar was quoted by ​ESPN as he lifted the lid on a number of intriguing topics put to him following his side's 3-0 FA Cup third round victory over AFC Wimbledon. Kane, who enjoyed a superb 2017 by breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, is yet to win a trophy since he broke into the first-team...

Harry Kane wants trophies as he spells out what it will take for Tottenham to keep him

Harry Kane has set out exactly what Tottenham Hotspur must do to make sure he never has his head turned with the striker reiterating the fact he wants to start winning trophies. Manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Kane loves Tottenham enough to join the list of one-club legends, but has also warned Spurs cannot take the 24-year-old for granted. Philippe Coutinho’s £142million move to Barcelona has once again highlighted how hard it is for clubs to keep their best players once they decide they want out. Kane’s current contract runs to 2022 and there has been no suggestion of Tottenham allowing him to leave or him pushing for a move in the near future. But the England international could earn significantly more money by leaving Spurs and, more importantly, would be guaranteed silverware at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Asked what Tottenham need to do to keep him, Kane replied: I’ve always said: keep progressing, keep getting better, we want to start winning trophies. That’s the aim, as long as the club keep doing that then, yeah I’m happy here.” Credit:  Getty Images Tottenham’s progression under Pochettino has been rapid and qualification for the last-16 of the Champions League, in which Kane and his team-mates will face Juventus, has seen the club take another step forwards this term. But Spurs face a battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League and there is concern that they will be outspent by all of their rivals during the January and summer transfer windows. Chelsea last week completed the £15million signing of Ross Barkley, who had been on Tottenham’s radar for almost a year, while competition is growing for Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon. There is already talk that this will be  quiet month for Spurs, although there remains interest in Barcelona duo Andre Gomes, who almost moved to the club last summer, and Denis Suarez, who may be available on loan. Moving into the new stadium will also constitute progress for Tottenham, but it is what is happening on the pitch that will ultimately keep Kane happy or leave him wondering whether he will have to go elsewhere to achieve his career goals. Kane insisted there have been no recent talks over a new contract and agreed with his manager that it is pointless to try to force a player to stay if they have decided they want to go. He said: “I think if a player wants to go then why would you stop him? He’s not going to be in the club, he’s not going to play every game, he’s not going to put his heart on the line. “From the Coutinho point of view I think he’s been very professional in the six months he has played this year and, look, Liverpool have got a good offer from Barca and accepted it, so I wouldn’t say they’re powerless. But I can see why if a player wants to go you would let him go.” January 2018 transfer window While the Premier League title may be out of reach, Tottenham feel they can make progress in the FA Cup as Kane seeks a first winners’ medal. “We’ve been close in the League the last couple of years, but the aim of the game is to win trophies and that’s what we've got to try and do,” said Kane, who scored twice in the third-round victory over AFC Wimbledon. “We’re still in the Champions League and the FA Cup and we know Champions League will be tough so the FA Cup is one we have a good chance in. We’ll be one of the favourites. “We want to win a trophy somehow and the FA Cup is a competition we’re looking at to do that. It’s always been a fantastic competition and obviously there’s been a lot of talk over the years about people resting players but that’s just the nature of the game now — there’s so many games and squads are so good, you can rest players, so for us whatever the gaffer chooses we’ll be ready to play. “I think this year especially with the League, kind of being out of contention — of course we want to finish in the top four, but there’s a chance for us to win a competition so we’ll see. “Obviously once the Champions League starts there’s going to be a lot of games, but I think we’ve got a good enough squad to rotate like we did at the weekend, not everyone but a few here and there and get the job done.”

Harry Kane wants trophies as he spells out what it will take for Tottenham to keep him

Harry Kane has set out exactly what Tottenham Hotspur must do to make sure he never has his head turned with the striker reiterating the fact he wants to start winning trophies. Manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Kane loves Tottenham enough to join the list of one-club legends, but has also warned Spurs cannot take the 24-year-old for granted. Philippe Coutinho’s £142million move to Barcelona has once again highlighted how hard it is for clubs to keep their best players once they decide they want out. Kane’s current contract runs to 2022 and there has been no suggestion of Tottenham allowing him to leave or him pushing for a move in the near future. But the England international could earn significantly more money by leaving Spurs and, more importantly, would be guaranteed silverware at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Asked what Tottenham need to do to keep him, Kane replied: I’ve always said: keep progressing, keep getting better, we want to start winning trophies. That’s the aim, as long as the club keep doing that then, yeah I’m happy here.” Credit:  Getty Images Tottenham’s progression under Pochettino has been rapid and qualification for the last-16 of the Champions League, in which Kane and his team-mates will face Juventus, has seen the club take another step forwards this term. But Spurs face a battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League and there is concern that they will be outspent by all of their rivals during the January and summer transfer windows. Chelsea last week completed the £15million signing of Ross Barkley, who had been on Tottenham’s radar for almost a year, while competition is growing for Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon. There is already talk that this will be  quiet month for Spurs, although there remains interest in Barcelona duo Andre Gomes, who almost moved to the club last summer, and Denis Suarez, who may be available on loan. Moving into the new stadium will also constitute progress for Tottenham, but it is what is happening on the pitch that will ultimately keep Kane happy or leave him wondering whether he will have to go elsewhere to achieve his career goals. Kane insisted there have been no recent talks over a new contract and agreed with his manager that it is pointless to try to force a player to stay if they have decided they want to go. He said: “I think if a player wants to go then why would you stop him? He’s not going to be in the club, he’s not going to play every game, he’s not going to put his heart on the line. “From the Coutinho point of view I think he’s been very professional in the six months he has played this year and, look, Liverpool have got a good offer from Barca and accepted it, so I wouldn’t say they’re powerless. But I can see why if a player wants to go you would let him go.” January 2018 transfer window While the Premier League title may be out of reach, Tottenham feel they can make progress in the FA Cup as Kane seeks a first winners’ medal. “We’ve been close in the League the last couple of years, but the aim of the game is to win trophies and that’s what we've got to try and do,” said Kane, who scored twice in the third-round victory over AFC Wimbledon. “We’re still in the Champions League and the FA Cup and we know Champions League will be tough so the FA Cup is one we have a good chance in. We’ll be one of the favourites. “We want to win a trophy somehow and the FA Cup is a competition we’re looking at to do that. It’s always been a fantastic competition and obviously there’s been a lot of talk over the years about people resting players but that’s just the nature of the game now — there’s so many games and squads are so good, you can rest players, so for us whatever the gaffer chooses we’ll be ready to play. “I think this year especially with the League, kind of being out of contention — of course we want to finish in the top four, but there’s a chance for us to win a competition so we’ll see. “Obviously once the Champions League starts there’s going to be a lot of games, but I think we’ve got a good enough squad to rotate like we did at the weekend, not everyone but a few here and there and get the job done.”

FA Cup: Abject Arsenal sent packing by Nottingham Forest; Tottenham Hotspur shrug off AFC Wimbledon

For the third-round tie against Nottingham Forest, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had made nine changes to the side that drew with Chelsea in the Premier League in midweek.

Mauricio Pochettino wants Harry Kane to stay at Spurs indefinitely but says 'in football you cannot be sure'

Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to take Harry Kane for granted after the striker opened his goalscoring account for 2018. Kane netted twice to help Tottenham into the fourth round of the FA Cup as, despite the personal records, he and manager Pochettino both seek their first piece of silverware. Spurs have been given another reminder of how tough it can be for even the Premier League’s best clubs to hold on to their stars after Liverpool agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142million deal. Pochettino hopes Kane can become a one-club man, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that Tottenham must play their part in making sure the love affair continues. Kane could earn considerably more by leaving Spurs and would also be guaranteed trophies at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Mauricio Pochettino congratulates Kane after he is substituted Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images “Harry is so special,” said Pochettino. “Because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham. But we need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. “Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club and of course Harry is such a special player. I told him only a few special players like [Francesco] Totti can spend all their career in one club. “I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham. But in football you cannot be sure. “It is today, the present, tomorrow, after tomorrow you need to doubt. That is why it is so important to work together and try to achieve all that you want. “And of course this present at Tottenham, this future at Tottenham, this project is so exciting and I hope, we hope, that all together we spend a lot of time here and try to win trophies and achieve what we want.” Pochettino had originally been asked whether or not Coutinho’s move was a boost to Tottenham’s Premier League top four hopes, but the Argentine decided to take a different approach to the question. “I think it is a massive example or massive point to show how this business is,” said Pochettino. “How difficult it is for the clubs to keep their best players. Pochettino wants Kane to be a one-club man with Spurs Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA “Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and it looks when Coutinho, or a player like Coutinho, wants to leave, how difficult it is to keep your best player. “But that is [the situation] today with Coutinho, who I think Liverpool wanted to keep but was difficult to keep. And look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United and Zidane at Juventus, Figo in Barcelona. It is a lot of examples that it is so, so tough to keep your best player if the player says he wants to leave. “That is why it is so important how you care for your players. It is why you need to anticipate things. It is so important to work with the human side and then to provide the player, the club and the team an exciting moment, and try and build a project that they feel comfortable with and they are happy to be with you. “Today, when a player decides to leave, look what happens. If another club pays the type of money they pay - like Barcelona with Liverpool - how do you stop it?” AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admitted that he thought it was a “wind up” when he saw Kane’s name on the Tottenham team-sheet on Sunday. Kane was not even born when the Crazy Gang beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and the England international succeeded where John Aldridge had failed by finding a way past a Wimbledon goalkeeper at Wembley. Pochettino embraces Neal Ardley after Spurs' win over Wimbledon Credit: Shaun Brooks/Getty Images But Tottenham had survived a major first-half scare before Kane broke Wimbledon hearts with two goals in three second-half minutes. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow up shot from Liam Trotter. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions before the break, but it was two goals just after the hour mark that killed the tie and any chance of an upset. For the first, Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by Kane. The 24-year-old then doubled his and Tottenham’s tally by sweeping the ball into the net after a Kyle Walker-Peters shot had been deflected into his path. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, stopped the Wimbledon fans taking great delight in jeering former MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, who was sent on as a substitute. Pochettino took Kane off before he had the chance to complete his hat-trick and the FA Cup may yet prove to be an important competition for the two men Tottenham must keep hold of.

Mauricio Pochettino wants Harry Kane to stay at Spurs indefinitely but says 'in football you cannot be sure'

Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to take Harry Kane for granted after the striker opened his goalscoring account for 2018. Kane netted twice to help Tottenham into the fourth round of the FA Cup as, despite the personal records, he and manager Pochettino both seek their first piece of silverware. Spurs have been given another reminder of how tough it can be for even the Premier League’s best clubs to hold on to their stars after Liverpool agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142million deal. Pochettino hopes Kane can become a one-club man, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that Tottenham must play their part in making sure the love affair continues. Kane could earn considerably more by leaving Spurs and would also be guaranteed trophies at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. “Harry is so special,” said Pochettino. “Because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham. But we need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. “Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club and of course Harry is such a special player. I told him only a few special players like [Francesco] Totti can spend all their career in one club. “I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham. But in football you cannot be sure. “It is today, the present, tomorrow, after tomorrow you need to doubt. That is why it is so important to work together and try to achieve all that you want. “And of course this present at Tottenham, this future at Tottenham, this project is so exciting and I hope, we hope, that all together we spend a lot of time here and try to win trophies and achieve what we want.” Pochettino had originally been asked whether or not Coutinho’s move was a boost to Tottenham’s Premier League top four hopes, but the Argentine decided to take a different approach to the question. “I think it is a massive example or massive point to show how this business is,” said Pochettino. “How difficult it is for the clubs to keep their best players. Pochettino wants Kane to be a one-club man with Spurs Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA “Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and it looks when Coutinho, or a player like Coutinho, wants to leave, how difficult it is to keep your best player. “But that is [the situation] today with Coutinho, who I think Liverpool wanted to keep but was difficult to keep. And look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United and Zidane at Juventus, Figo in Barcelona. It is a lot of examples that it is so, so tough to keep your best player if the player says he wants to leave. “That is why it is so important how you care for your players. It is why you need to anticipate things. It is so important to work with the human side and then to provide the player, the club and the team an exciting moment, and try and build a project that they feel comfortable with and they are happy to be with you. “Today, when a player decides to leave, look what happens. If another club pays the type of money they pay - like Barcelona with Liverpool - how do you stop it?” AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admitted that he thought it was a “wind up” when he saw Kane’s name on the Tottenham team-sheet on Sunday. Kane was not even born when the Crazy Gang beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and the England international succeeded where John Aldridge had failed by finding a way past a Wimbledon goalkeeper at Wembley. Pochettino embraces Neal Ardley after Spurs' win over Wimbledon Credit: Shaun Brooks/Getty Images But Tottenham had survived a major first-half scare before Kane broke Wimbledon hearts with two goals in three second-half minutes. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow up shot from Liam Trotter. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions before the break, but it was two goals just after the hour mark that killed the tie and any chance of an upset. For the first, Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by Kane. The 24-year-old then doubled his and Tottenham’s tally by sweeping the ball into the net after a Kyle Walker-Peters shot had been deflected into his path. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, stopped the Wimbledon fans taking great delight in jeering former MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, who was sent on as a substitute. Pochettino took Kane off before he had the chance to complete his hat-trick and the FA Cup may yet prove to be an important competition for the two men Tottenham must keep hold of.

Mauricio Pochettino wants Harry Kane to stay at Spurs indefinitely but says 'in football you cannot be sure'

Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to take Harry Kane for granted after the striker opened his goalscoring account for 2018. Kane netted twice to help Tottenham into the fourth round of the FA Cup as, despite the personal records, he and manager Pochettino both seek their first piece of silverware. Spurs have been given another reminder of how tough it can be for even the Premier League’s best clubs to hold on to their stars after Liverpool agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142million deal. Pochettino hopes Kane can become a one-club man, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that Tottenham must play their part in making sure the love affair continues. Kane could earn considerably more by leaving Spurs and would also be guaranteed trophies at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. “Harry is so special,” said Pochettino. “Because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham. But we need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. “Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club and of course Harry is such a special player. I told him only a few special players like [Francesco] Totti can spend all their career in one club. “I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham. But in football you cannot be sure. “It is today, the present, tomorrow, after tomorrow you need to doubt. That is why it is so important to work together and try to achieve all that you want. “And of course this present at Tottenham, this future at Tottenham, this project is so exciting and I hope, we hope, that all together we spend a lot of time here and try to win trophies and achieve what we want.” Pochettino had originally been asked whether or not Coutinho’s move was a boost to Tottenham’s Premier League top four hopes, but the Argentine decided to take a different approach to the question. “I think it is a massive example or massive point to show how this business is,” said Pochettino. “How difficult it is for the clubs to keep their best players. Pochettino wants Kane to be a one-club man with Spurs Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA “Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and it looks when Coutinho, or a player like Coutinho, wants to leave, how difficult it is to keep your best player. “But that is [the situation] today with Coutinho, who I think Liverpool wanted to keep but was difficult to keep. And look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United and Zidane at Juventus, Figo in Barcelona. It is a lot of examples that it is so, so tough to keep your best player if the player says he wants to leave. “That is why it is so important how you care for your players. It is why you need to anticipate things. It is so important to work with the human side and then to provide the player, the club and the team an exciting moment, and try and build a project that they feel comfortable with and they are happy to be with you. “Today, when a player decides to leave, look what happens. If another club pays the type of money they pay - like Barcelona with Liverpool - how do you stop it?” AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admitted that he thought it was a “wind up” when he saw Kane’s name on the Tottenham team-sheet on Sunday. Kane was not even born when the Crazy Gang beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and the England international succeeded where John Aldridge had failed by finding a way past a Wimbledon goalkeeper at Wembley. Pochettino embraces Neal Ardley after Spurs' win over Wimbledon Credit: Shaun Brooks/Getty Images But Tottenham had survived a major first-half scare before Kane broke Wimbledon hearts with two goals in three second-half minutes. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow up shot from Liam Trotter. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions before the break, but it was two goals just after the hour mark that killed the tie and any chance of an upset. For the first, Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by Kane. The 24-year-old then doubled his and Tottenham’s tally by sweeping the ball into the net after a Kyle Walker-Peters shot had been deflected into his path. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, stopped the Wimbledon fans taking great delight in jeering former MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, who was sent on as a substitute. Pochettino took Kane off before he had the chance to complete his hat-trick and the FA Cup may yet prove to be an important competition for the two men Tottenham must keep hold of.

Mauricio Pochettino wants Harry Kane to stay at Spurs indefinitely but says 'in football you cannot be sure'

Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to take Harry Kane for granted after the striker opened his goalscoring account for 2018. Kane netted twice to help Tottenham into the fourth round of the FA Cup as, despite the personal records, he and manager Pochettino both seek their first piece of silverware. Spurs have been given another reminder of how tough it can be for even the Premier League’s best clubs to hold on to their stars after Liverpool agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142million deal. Pochettino hopes Kane can become a one-club man, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that Tottenham must play their part in making sure the love affair continues. Kane could earn considerably more by leaving Spurs and would also be guaranteed trophies at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. “Harry is so special,” said Pochettino. “Because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham. But we need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. “Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club and of course Harry is such a special player. I told him only a few special players like [Francesco] Totti can spend all their career in one club. “I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham. But in football you cannot be sure. “It is today, the present, tomorrow, after tomorrow you need to doubt. That is why it is so important to work together and try to achieve all that you want. “And of course this present at Tottenham, this future at Tottenham, this project is so exciting and I hope, we hope, that all together we spend a lot of time here and try to win trophies and achieve what we want.” Pochettino had originally been asked whether or not Coutinho’s move was a boost to Tottenham’s Premier League top four hopes, but the Argentine decided to take a different approach to the question. “I think it is a massive example or massive point to show how this business is,” said Pochettino. “How difficult it is for the clubs to keep their best players. Pochettino wants Kane to be a one-club man with Spurs Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA “Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and it looks when Coutinho, or a player like Coutinho, wants to leave, how difficult it is to keep your best player. “But that is [the situation] today with Coutinho, who I think Liverpool wanted to keep but was difficult to keep. And look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United and Zidane at Juventus, Figo in Barcelona. It is a lot of examples that it is so, so tough to keep your best player if the player says he wants to leave. “That is why it is so important how you care for your players. It is why you need to anticipate things. It is so important to work with the human side and then to provide the player, the club and the team an exciting moment, and try and build a project that they feel comfortable with and they are happy to be with you. “Today, when a player decides to leave, look what happens. If another club pays the type of money they pay - like Barcelona with Liverpool - how do you stop it?” AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admitted that he thought it was a “wind up” when he saw Kane’s name on the Tottenham team-sheet on Sunday. Kane was not even born when the Crazy Gang beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and the England international succeeded where John Aldridge had failed by finding a way past a Wimbledon goalkeeper at Wembley. Pochettino embraces Neal Ardley after Spurs' win over Wimbledon Credit: Shaun Brooks/Getty Images But Tottenham had survived a major first-half scare before Kane broke Wimbledon hearts with two goals in three second-half minutes. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow up shot from Liam Trotter. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions before the break, but it was two goals just after the hour mark that killed the tie and any chance of an upset. For the first, Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by Kane. The 24-year-old then doubled his and Tottenham’s tally by sweeping the ball into the net after a Kyle Walker-Peters shot had been deflected into his path. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, stopped the Wimbledon fans taking great delight in jeering former MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, who was sent on as a substitute. Pochettino took Kane off before he had the chance to complete his hat-trick and the FA Cup may yet prove to be an important competition for the two men Tottenham must keep hold of.

'Oh wow, Harry Kane is playing' - AFC Wimbledon thought Tottenham striker starting in FA Cup was a 'wind-up'

'Oh wow, Harry Kane is playing' - AFC Wimbledon thought Tottenham striker starting in FA Cup was a 'wind-up'

'Oh wow, Harry Kane is playing' - AFC Wimbledon thought Tottenham striker starting in FA Cup was a 'wind-up'

'Oh wow, Harry Kane is playing' - AFC Wimbledon thought Tottenham striker starting in FA Cup was a 'wind-up'

AFC Wimbledon coach thought Harry Kane's inclusion in Tottenham starting XI for FA Cup clash was a 'wind-up'

AFC Wimbledon coach thought Harry Kane's inclusion in Tottenham starting XI for FA Cup clash was a 'wind-up'

AFC Wimbledon coach thought Harry Kane's inclusion in Tottenham starting XI for FA Cup clash was a 'wind-up'

AFC Wimbledon coach thought Harry Kane's inclusion in Tottenham starting XI for FA Cup clash was a 'wind-up'

FA Cup Roundup: Tottenham Hotspur Beats AFC Wimbledon, West Ham Draws Blank

In the final fixtures of the weekend in the third round of the FA Cup, there was the traditional giant killings, comebacks and top-tier domination that make the historic cup revered around the world.

Kicking off the day, League Two outfit Newport County provided a classic upset against the odds, defeating 1972 winners and Championship side Leeds United in a surprising last-gasp 2-1 victory at Rodney Parade.

Elsewhere, League One's Shrewsbury Town shared a spoil of the FA Cup heroics, earning a third-round replay against Premier League side West Ham with a 0-0 stalemate, despite doing enough to shock with a victory.

At Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur made easy work of struggling League One side AFC Wimbledon in a London derby, courtesy of a Harry Kane brace who continues his fine form in front of goal. Belgian center-half Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to ease the pressure on the home side after a resilient first half from the visitors.

In the final match of the day, cup holders Arsenal faced what they thought would be a routine trip to two-time FA Cup winners and manager-less Nottingham Forest, who currently occupy 14th place in the Championship.

Playing a second-string team, the Gunners expected an untested advance into the next stage of the tournament and become the first side to win four FA Cups in a five-year spell. However, Forest did not read the script and thumped the holders 4-2 with ten-men.

Eric Lichaj took the lead before Arsenal captain Per Merstacker equalized, before a spectacular second from a Lichaj chest and volley into the top corner before the break.

To round off the display, the impressive 18-year-old Ben Brereton rounded off the emphatic victory for the hosts' first victory against Premier League giants Arsenal at City Ground since 1996.

In controversial circumstances, Nottingham Forest ensured victory after a Danny Welbeck finish to ease the pressure in the last final minutes, with a second penalty which appeared to be a double kick from Kieran Dowell.

Back at Rodney Parade, a replay looked on the card for Newport County in the first match of the day, which the hosts would've been delighted with. However, the home crowd were in ecstasy one minute from time when Shawn McCoulsky's thumping header booked their place in the fourth round.

Gaetano Berardi's effort put the visitors ahead, but an own goal from Conor Shaughnessy's kept the League Two minnows in the tie. With the last-gasp goal, the Whites' misery was compounded when Samuel Saiz saw straight red in extra-time.

FA Cup Roundup: Tottenham Hotspur Beats AFC Wimbledon, West Ham Draws Blank

In the final fixtures of the weekend in the third round of the FA Cup, there was the traditional giant killings, comebacks and top-tier domination that make the historic cup revered around the world.

Kicking off the day, League Two outfit Newport County provided a classic upset against the odds, defeating 1972 winners and Championship side Leeds United in a surprising last-gasp 2-1 victory at Rodney Parade.

Elsewhere, League One's Shrewsbury Town shared a spoil of the FA Cup heroics, earning a third-round replay against Premier League side West Ham with a 0-0 stalemate, despite doing enough to shock with a victory.

At Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur made easy work of struggling League One side AFC Wimbledon in a London derby, courtesy of a Harry Kane brace who continues his fine form in front of goal. Belgian center-half Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to ease the pressure on the home side after a resilient first half from the visitors.

In the final match of the day, cup holders Arsenal faced what they thought would be a routine trip to two-time FA Cup winners and manager-less Nottingham Forest, who currently occupy 14th place in the Championship.

Playing a second-string team, the Gunners expected an untested advance into the next stage of the tournament and become the first side to win four FA Cups in a five-year spell. However, Forest did not read the script and thumped the holders 4-2 with ten-men.

Eric Lichaj took the lead before Arsenal captain Per Merstacker equalized, before a spectacular second from a Lichaj chest and volley into the top corner before the break.

To round off the display, the impressive 18-year-old Ben Brereton rounded off the emphatic victory for the hosts' first victory against Premier League giants Arsenal at City Ground since 1996.

In controversial circumstances, Nottingham Forest ensured victory after a Danny Welbeck finish to ease the pressure in the last final minutes, with a second penalty which appeared to be a double kick from Kieran Dowell.

Back at Rodney Parade, a replay looked on the card for Newport County in the first match of the day, which the hosts would've been delighted with. However, the home crowd were in ecstasy one minute from time when Shawn McCoulsky's thumping header booked their place in the fourth round.

Gaetano Berardi's effort put the visitors ahead, but an own goal from Conor Shaughnessy's kept the League Two minnows in the tie. With the last-gasp goal, the Whites' misery was compounded when Samuel Saiz saw straight red in extra-time.

FA Cup Roundup: Tottenham Hotspur Beats AFC Wimbledon, West Ham Draws Blank

In the final fixtures of the weekend in the third round of the FA Cup, there was the traditional giant killings, comebacks and top-tier domination that make the historic cup revered around the world.

Kicking off the day, League Two outfit Newport County provided a classic upset against the odds, defeating 1972 winners and Championship side Leeds United in a surprising last-gasp 2-1 victory at Rodney Parade.

Elsewhere, League One's Shrewsbury Town shared a spoil of the FA Cup heroics, earning a third-round replay against Premier League side West Ham with a 0-0 stalemate, despite doing enough to shock with a victory.

At Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur made easy work of struggling League One side AFC Wimbledon in a London derby, courtesy of a Harry Kane brace who continues his fine form in front of goal. Belgian center-half Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to ease the pressure on the home side after a resilient first half from the visitors.

In the final match of the day, cup holders Arsenal faced what they thought would be a routine trip to two-time FA Cup winners and manager-less Nottingham Forest, who currently occupy 14th place in the Championship.

Playing a second-string team, the Gunners expected an untested advance into the next stage of the tournament and become the first side to win four FA Cups in a five-year spell. However, Forest did not read the script and thumped the holders 4-2 with ten-men.

Eric Lichaj took the lead before Arsenal captain Per Merstacker equalized, before a spectacular second from a Lichaj chest and volley into the top corner before the break.

To round off the display, the impressive 18-year-old Ben Brereton rounded off the emphatic victory for the hosts' first victory against Premier League giants Arsenal at City Ground since 1996.

In controversial circumstances, Nottingham Forest ensured victory after a Danny Welbeck finish to ease the pressure in the last final minutes, with a second penalty which appeared to be a double kick from Kieran Dowell.

Back at Rodney Parade, a replay looked on the card for Newport County in the first match of the day, which the hosts would've been delighted with. However, the home crowd were in ecstasy one minute from time when Shawn McCoulsky's thumping header booked their place in the fourth round.

Gaetano Berardi's effort put the visitors ahead, but an own goal from Conor Shaughnessy's kept the League Two minnows in the tie. With the last-gasp goal, the Whites' misery was compounded when Samuel Saiz saw straight red in extra-time.

FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018 Wimbledon's Liam Trotter shoots at goal Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Harry Kane leads way as Tottenham dismiss AFC Wimbledon in second half

Harry Kane leads way as Tottenham dismiss AFC Wimbledon in second half

Harry Kane scores Tottenham’s first goal in their 3-0 FA Cup win against AFC Wimbledon at Wembley on Sunday.

Harry Kane leads way as Tottenham dismiss AFC Wimbledon in second half

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli (C) controls the ball during his side's English FA Cup third round match against AFC Wimbledon

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli (C) controls the ball during his side's English FA Cup third round match against AFC Wimbledon (AFP Photo/Adrian DENNIS)

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli (C) controls the ball during his side's English FA Cup third round match against AFC Wimbledon

Tottenham 3 AFC Wimbledon 0: Harry Kane scores his first goals of 2018 to send Spurs into fourth round

Tottenham 3 AFC Wimbledon 0: Harry Kane scores his first goals of 2018 to send Spurs into fourth round

Tottenham 3 AFC Wimbledon 0: Harry Kane scores his first goals of 2018 to send Spurs into fourth round

Harry Kane does not do romance – just ask his fiancée Kate Goodland, who reminded him about the birth of their first child and engagement after he listed his hat-tricks and goalscoring record as his greatest achievements of 2017 on Instagram. So the magic of the FA Cup or the prospect of a sentimental trip down memory lane was never going to get in the way of Kane and his obsession with hitting the back of the net. Rather than putting his feet up or taking it easy against AFC Wimbledon, Kane took the chance to score his first goals of 2018 to send Tottenham into the draw for the fourth round. Those who had arrived at Wembley dreaming of another Lawrie Sanchez moment, or a victory that would have been second only in the Wimbledon history books to the 1988 FA Cup final success over Liverpool, may as well have gone home once they saw Kane was on the Spurs team-sheet. Kane captained a strong Tottenham team, as Mauricio Pochettino signalled his desperation to finally get his hands on a trophy. Earlier this season, Pochettino had suggested that the FA Cup was not among the trophies he was keen to land, with Tottenham hoping to mount another Premier League title challenge. But with Spurs now just fighting to try to finish in the top four, and facing a tough Champions League last-16 tie against Juventus, the FA Cup has taken on added importance for the club and their manager. Tottenham and Wimbledon in action at Wembley Credit: AFP It was the visitors, however, who went closest to taking the lead in a first half in which they gradually grew in confidence. Having seen their team barely touch the ball in the opening 25 minutes, the Wimbledon fans cheered two corners for their side like they were goals. But they were inches from being able to celebrate what would have been a famous strike in the history of their club on the half-hour mark. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow-up shot from Liam Trotter. Erik Lamela squandered Tottenham’s best chance of the opening 45 minutes shortly afterwards, lifting the ball wide of the post, via a slight deflection from Wimbledon goalkeeper George Long from Kane’s pass. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions, but it was the Wimbledon supporters who were cheering their side off at the break. It was also the League One side who started the second period quicker, with former Tottenham youth player Andy Barcham sprinting past Juan Foyth to get into a dangerous position but the winger could not pick out a team-mate. And Vorm had to produce another good save to tip a header from Jonathan Meades header over the bar after Victor Wanyama had been booked for giving away a free-kick. George Francomb looks to clip the ball into the box Credit: AFP As the Tottenham fans started to get increasingly frustrated by their team’s endless passing around the penalty area, Moussa Dembele let rip with a 52nd-minute shot that crashed against Long’s right-hand post and the ball stayed out. It said much about how difficult Tottenham were finding it to break down Wimbledon that Pochettino sent Heung-Min Son on to replace Fernando Llorente with half an hour remaining. And three minutes later, Spurs finally made the breakthrough through that man Kane. Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by the 24 year-old. There was no hope of a fightback, either, as Kane doubled his and Tottenham’s tally a couple of minutes later. A Kyle Walker-Peters shot was deflected into the path of the striker who swept the ball into the net. Even though the tie was effectively over, Pochettino sent on Dele Alli and the former MK Dons midfielder was loudly booed by the Wimbledon fans. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, silenced the travelling supporters who spent the last 20 minutes jeering Alli every time he touched the ball, or went anywhere near them. Son hit the post after Kane had gone off, but Wimbledon and their fans had once again done themselves proud at Wembley – even if they’re not quite so crazy these days.

Tottenham 3 AFC Wimbledon 0: Harry Kane scores his first goals of 2018 to send Spurs into fourth round

Tottenham 3 AFC Wimbledon 0: Harry Kane scores his first goals of 2018 to send Spurs into fourth round

Harry Kane does not do romance – just ask his fiancée Kate Goodland, who reminded him about the birth of their first child and engagement after he listed his hat-tricks and goalscoring record as his greatest achievements of 2017 on Instagram. So the magic of the FA Cup or the prospect of a sentimental trip down memory lane was never going to get in the way of Kane and his obsession with hitting the back of the net. Rather than putting his feet up or taking it easy against AFC Wimbledon, Kane took the chance to score his first goals of 2018 to send Tottenham into the draw for the fourth round. Those who had arrived at Wembley dreaming of another Lawrie Sanchez moment, or a victory that would have been second only in the Wimbledon history books to the 1988 FA Cup final success over Liverpool, may as well have gone home once they saw Kane was on the Spurs team-sheet. Kane captained a strong Tottenham team, as Mauricio Pochettino signalled his desperation to finally get his hands on a trophy. Earlier this season, Pochettino had suggested that the FA Cup was not among the trophies he was keen to land, with Tottenham hoping to mount another Premier League title challenge. But with Spurs now just fighting to try to finish in the top four, and facing a tough Champions League last-16 tie against Juventus, the FA Cup has taken on added importance for the club and their manager. Tottenham and Wimbledon in action at Wembley Credit: AFP It was the visitors, however, who went closest to taking the lead in a first half in which they gradually grew in confidence. Having seen their team barely touch the ball in the opening 25 minutes, the Wimbledon fans cheered two corners for their side like they were goals. But they were inches from being able to celebrate what would have been a famous strike in the history of their club on the half-hour mark. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow-up shot from Liam Trotter. Erik Lamela squandered Tottenham’s best chance of the opening 45 minutes shortly afterwards, lifting the ball wide of the post, via a slight deflection from Wimbledon goalkeeper George Long from Kane’s pass. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions, but it was the Wimbledon supporters who were cheering their side off at the break. It was also the League One side who started the second period quicker, with former Tottenham youth player Andy Barcham sprinting past Juan Foyth to get into a dangerous position but the winger could not pick out a team-mate. And Vorm had to produce another good save to tip a header from Jonathan Meades header over the bar after Victor Wanyama had been booked for giving away a free-kick. George Francomb looks to clip the ball into the box Credit: AFP As the Tottenham fans started to get increasingly frustrated by their team’s endless passing around the penalty area, Moussa Dembele let rip with a 52nd-minute shot that crashed against Long’s right-hand post and the ball stayed out. It said much about how difficult Tottenham were finding it to break down Wimbledon that Pochettino sent Heung-Min Son on to replace Fernando Llorente with half an hour remaining. And three minutes later, Spurs finally made the breakthrough through that man Kane. Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by the 24 year-old. There was no hope of a fightback, either, as Kane doubled his and Tottenham’s tally a couple of minutes later. A Kyle Walker-Peters shot was deflected into the path of the striker who swept the ball into the net. Even though the tie was effectively over, Pochettino sent on Dele Alli and the former MK Dons midfielder was loudly booed by the Wimbledon fans. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, silenced the travelling supporters who spent the last 20 minutes jeering Alli every time he touched the ball, or went anywhere near them. Son hit the post after Kane had gone off, but Wimbledon and their fans had once again done themselves proud at Wembley – even if they’re not quite so crazy these days.

Tottenham 3 AFC Wimbledon 0: Harry Kane scores his first goals of 2018 to send Spurs into fourth round

Harry Kane does not do romance – just ask his fiancée Kate Goodland, who reminded him about the birth of their first child and engagement after he listed his hat-tricks and goalscoring record as his greatest achievements of 2017 on Instagram. So the magic of the FA Cup or the prospect of a sentimental trip down memory lane was never going to get in the way of Kane and his obsession with hitting the back of the net. Rather than putting his feet up or taking it easy against AFC Wimbledon, Kane took the chance to score his first goals of 2018 to send Tottenham into the draw for the fourth round. Those who had arrived at Wembley dreaming of another Lawrie Sanchez moment, or a victory that would have been second only in the Wimbledon history books to the 1988 FA Cup final success over Liverpool, may as well have gone home once they saw Kane was on the Spurs team-sheet. Kane captained a strong Tottenham team, as Mauricio Pochettino signalled his desperation to finally get his hands on a trophy. Earlier this season, Pochettino had suggested that the FA Cup was not among the trophies he was keen to land, with Tottenham hoping to mount another Premier League title challenge. But with Spurs now just fighting to try to finish in the top four, and facing a tough Champions League last-16 tie against Juventus, the FA Cup has taken on added importance for the club and their manager. Tottenham and Wimbledon in action at Wembley Credit: AFP It was the visitors, however, who went closest to taking the lead in a first half in which they gradually grew in confidence. Having seen their team barely touch the ball in the opening 25 minutes, the Wimbledon fans cheered two corners for their side like they were goals. But they were inches from being able to celebrate what would have been a famous strike in the history of their club on the half-hour mark. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow-up shot from Liam Trotter. Erik Lamela squandered Tottenham’s best chance of the opening 45 minutes shortly afterwards, lifting the ball wide of the post, via a slight deflection from Wimbledon goalkeeper George Long from Kane’s pass. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions, but it was the Wimbledon supporters who were cheering their side off at the break. It was also the League One side who started the second period quicker, with former Tottenham youth player Andy Barcham sprinting past Juan Foyth to get into a dangerous position but the winger could not pick out a team-mate. And Vorm had to produce another good save to tip a header from Jonathan Meades header over the bar after Victor Wanyama had been booked for giving away a free-kick. George Francomb looks to clip the ball into the box Credit: AFP As the Tottenham fans started to get increasingly frustrated by their team’s endless passing around the penalty area, Moussa Dembele let rip with a 52nd-minute shot that crashed against Long’s right-hand post and the ball stayed out. It said much about how difficult Tottenham were finding it to break down Wimbledon that Pochettino sent Heung-Min Son on to replace Fernando Llorente with half an hour remaining. And three minutes later, Spurs finally made the breakthrough through that man Kane. Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by the 24 year-old. There was no hope of a fightback, either, as Kane doubled his and Tottenham’s tally a couple of minutes later. A Kyle Walker-Peters shot was deflected into the path of the striker who swept the ball into the net. Even though the tie was effectively over, Pochettino sent on Dele Alli and the former MK Dons midfielder was loudly booed by the Wimbledon fans. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, silenced the travelling supporters who spent the last 20 minutes jeering Alli every time he touched the ball, or went anywhere near them. Son hit the post after Kane had gone off, but Wimbledon and their fans had once again done themselves proud at Wembley – even if they’re not quite so crazy these days.

FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018 Tottenham's Harry Kane scores their first goal. Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018 Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal. Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

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