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Friday 22 November 2019

Kane went 'mental' at half-time

Harry Kane celebrates with Danny Rose after Tottenham’s victory in Amsterdam. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
Harry Kane celebrates with Danny Rose after Tottenham’s victory in Amsterdam. Photo: Action Images via Reuters

Injured Tottenham striker Harry Kane provided his team-mates with some inspiration at half-time of their Champions League semi-final second leg with Ajax after "going mental".

Kane, who missed the game with an ankle injury but was in Amsterdam in a cheerleading brief, was unhappy after seeing his side go 2-0 down on the night and 3-0 down on aggregate.

He went into the dressing room at the break and said some words, according to defender Kieran Trippier.

Spurs went out after the break and completed a miraculous recovery as Lucas Moura's hat-trick earned an away-goals victory which sets up an all-English final with Liverpool in Madrid next month.

Kane is hoping to be fit for the final and Trippier hailed the talismanic striker.

"Harry is exceptional for club and country," said Trippier. "I don't know the timescale with his injury but obviously we're all hoping he can be back [for the final] because of his presence.

"Even here, at half-time, he came in going mental at us, because we can do better, which we all knew."

Kane now has his sights set on the all-English showdown in the Spanish capital.

"Hopefully. Rehab is going well so far," he said. "I start straight-line running this week.

"We'll see. So far so good, so if it carries on as it should I would hope to be (fit). There's still a few weeks to go."

Meanwhile, Tottenham defender Danny Rose wants to "go out with a bang" if the Champions League final is his last outing for the club.

Rose's future at Spurs has been uncertain and he was free to leave the club last summer before going on to re-establish himself as Mauricio Pochettino's first-choice left-back.

Whatever is on the horizon for the England international, the final could also be the end of the road for this Spurs group as Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld have failed to agree new contracts while a host of squad players will be made available to leave in the summer.

Rose said: "I keep seeing my name that I'm being sold," Rose said.

"So if that's the case and it's going to be my last game for Tottenham against Liverpool, I'm hoping to go out with a bang and lift a trophy."

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