Mauricio Pochettino said Harry Kane has his blessing to join up with England
after the striker's goal earned Tottenham a 1-1 draw against Arsenal.
superfly v black Kane was handed a surprise start at the Emirates
Stadium after seven weeks out with an ankle ligament injury and he justified his
manager's faith with a second-half equaliser from the penalty spot.
It was Kane's fifth goal in as many games against the Gunners and helped
Spurs maintain their unbeaten run in the Premier League after Kevin Wimmer's
own-goal had earlier put the home side ahead.
Kane certainly showed signs of rust and came off after 72 minutes, but his
contribution paves the way for international selection, with Gareth Southgate
set to announce his squad later on Sunday.
England play Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Friday before hosting a
friendly against Spain four days later.
legend v "Can he be in the England squad? I think yes," Pochettino
said after the match. "Now the doctor is assessing him but I think it is not a
Kane's comeback is welcome news for Southgate but the interim England manager
may have lost two other Spurs players after Kyle Walker limped off and Dele Alli
twisted his knee in training on Saturday.
Alli will miss both of England's fixtures after Pochettino earlier said he
expected the midfielder to be out for "a few weeks".
"I haven't had time to see Kyle Walker, he is with a doctor too," Pochettino
"We will see after the press conference if he can go or not. Dele Alli
suffered a minor problem in his knee. He clashed doing tactics yesterday and
twisted his knee a little bit. It's a minor, minor problem but impossible he
could be available today."
"I'm ready if called upon by England," said Kane. "I'm feeling good and the
ankle feels fine."
Pochettino agreed Kane's presence alone on Sunday gave his side an "emotional
lift" but the striker's selection was not the only surprise as Tottenham started
in an unfamiliar 3-4-2-1 formation.
hypervenom phontam It was a bold move that just about paid off for
Spurs, who recovered their assurance at the back after a shaky display against
Bayer Leverkusen and created more chances going forward.
They are still without a win in seven matches but should be better placed
after the international break if, as expected, Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Erik
Lamela all complete recoveries from injury.
"Today you need to be flexible," Pochettino said of his new system.
v black uk "In the last month we've had some small problems and we
always need to adapt our system and our game.
"Today we worked a lot to try to find better solutions in the offensive area
and tried to play thinking about the opposite goal, higher up with two strikers
and one offensive player in behind to create chances and win the game."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted Tottenham's formation did not unsettle
"We know how to play against a back three, we knew they could play with a
back three," Wenger said.
"That was not the basic problem."
The Gunners finished both halves the stronger but lacked their usual
precision in the final third. Mesut Ozil was influential again but Alexis
Sanchez, in particular, was noticeably quiet.
"We were quite dangerous in the first half and created dangerous situations
in the second," Wenger said.
"We gave everything but were not as sharp physically as we can be in the
final part of the game."
Laurent Koscielny was at fault for giving away the penalty as the Frenchman's
clumsy challenge sent Mousa Dembele to the ground.
Dembele's impressive display moved Pochettino to describe him as "a genius"
but Wenger believed the penalty was soft.
"I think the penalty was harsh," Wenger said. "It didn't look dangerous to
score, it didn't look like a deliberate foul."
Wenger also felt Spurs midfielder Victor Wanyama was fortunate to stay on the
pitch after committing a number of fouls, including one that saw the Kenyan
catch Theo Walcott in the face with his arm.
obra cheap "He was very lucky to stay on the pitch today of
course," Wenger said.
"A few fouls, the elbow on Walcott for example, but the referee makes
decisions and we have to cope with that.
"Nobody stopped us from scoring a second goal, which we didn't do."