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Thursday 8 December 2016

Kane is able to improve

England's Harry Kane
England's Harry Kane

Harry Kane has dismissed the idea that he is a one-season wonder and has backed himself to score prolifically for club and country this term.

Kane has experienced a quicker rise than any of his peers in the English game over the last 12 months. The 22-year-old started last season as Tottenham's third-choice striker but ended the campaign as England's new hero after scoring 32 goals, one of which came 79 seconds into his England debut against Lithuania.

But with hope comes expectation and pressure. Spurs have made him their go-to man up front this season and, so far, he has not delivered.

Kane is yet to score in four matches, but he has not lost faith in his own ability, declaring: "I know I am more than that a one-season player.

"I don't think last year was lucky. I worked very hard to get where I was and I know I have got to keep working hard to progress, but I am very self-confident.

"My start to the season has been okay. It could've been better. I'd like to have scored by now, but it doesn't always go like that."

This time last year Kane was preparing for an England Under-21 game in Moldova having just bagged the fifth goal of his Spurs career against AEL Limassol, who came eighth in the Cypriot league last year. Now, he gets noticed whenever he walks down the street.

And he will have a perfect opportunity to break his duck for the season today when England face San Marino in their Euro 2016 qualifier.

Wayne Rooney is also looking to add one more goal to his tally to equal Bobby Charlton's all-time scoring record. Like Kane, Rooney has had his critics recently, but the Spurs man regards him as a true great, saying: "Wayne is an incredible player and I hope it works out for him to break the record."

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