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Saturday 10 December 2016

'Kane just like Batistuta'

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has likened England hot-shot Harry Kane to Gabriel Batistuta and insisted he will be there to help him when things do not go to plan.

Kane moved to within two strikes of the 30-goal barrier for the season after scoring on his full international debut some 79 seconds after coming on against Lithuania at Wembley last Friday night.

England boss Roy Hodgson is mindful of keeping expectations in check for Kane, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise after finally breaking into the Spurs first-team following loan spells at the likes of Leicester and Norwich.

Former Argentina international Pochettino knows lows can come just as quickly as highs, so will be ready to offer Kane advice whenever it is needed.

"Harry Kane has skills that are similar to different players, including Batistuta. The challenge is doing it all again next season," said Pochettino, who faced England in the 2002 World Cup finals in the same team as the renowned Argentina forward.

"Now it is up to him. Harry knows the way to improve his ability. He is in a very good moment to keep working hard and develop his game.

"You need to wait for the right moment to give a player the responsibility because sometimes we can see a player is ready, but not quite complete to assume the responsibility and keep the same level."

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