Tottenham star Harry Kane’s focus is solely on helping England win Euro 2020

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Gareth Southgate has backed Harry Kane to put country before club and lead England to Euro glory.

Kane's club future is in danger of overshadowing the Three Lions campaign this summer after he told Tottenham he wants to quit.

He will find himself at the centre of a £120m transfer scrap between the likes of Manchester United, City and Chelsea.

But Southgate is convinced his captain will be focused on the job in hand – and reckons Kane has what it takes to help England end their 55-year wait for a major trophy.

Southgate said: "I don't feel I need to talk to Harry Kane regarding focus or professionalism. He has one goal with us – and that's to win the European Championships.

"He knows how important that is at this moment in time.

"With Harry Kane, he's got the opportunity. Like Jordan Henderson, he's got belief he can get to a certain level, but he wants to be part of a winning team.

"That's where Harry Kane is. Those more experienced guys have driven the team to where they are. They know those opportunities are disappearing.

"When you've got players in the squad who have won and know what's needed to win, that can be reiterated by the players every day. They know what’s needed. Those two will drive that culture as captain and vice-captain."

Southgate reckons Kane's club future will not be resolved until after the tournament and he added: "What's happening at his club is a matter for him and Tottenham. He's made some statements in the last few days.

"It's very unlikely that transfer deals will be done while we are away. You can't stop phones ringing, but most deals will be done at the end of the tournament or in the first week before it starts. I would expect most deals in terms of our players to be done after the tournament."

Southgate, meanwhile, has named a provisional 33-man squad for the tournament, but will have to whittle it down to a final cut of 26 before June 1.

He has recalled the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mason Greenwood, while also including Jude Bellingham, Jack Grealish, Bukayo Saka and uncapped trio Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Ben Godfrey, but James Maddison and former captain Eric Dier have both been ignored.

  • Harry Kane
  • England Football Team
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Gareth Southgate

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