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Kane ends drought ahead of summer where future will take centre-stage

H

arry Kane does not want his Tottenham future to be a distraction at the Euros. Good luck with that.

Kane looks destined to find himself in the same position as Alan Shearer was the last time a major tournament was held on these shores.

Roll the clock back to Euro 96 and the then Blackburn striker headed into the tournament as the hottest property in world football.

Five goals later and walking away as a losing semi-finalist, Shearer’s reputation was only enhanced – and the overriding opinion was that he had to move to a club that could satisfy his ambitions.

The key difference between Shearer and Kane is that Shearer had been crowned a Premier League champion just 12 months earlier.

Kane turns 28 in July and the best he can hope for before this summer is a Carabao Cup, if Spurs can upset the odds and overcome quadruple-chasing Manchester City in next month’s final.

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Even with that precious first winners’ medal, it is safe to assume the noise surrounding his future will be deafening.

Just consider his contemporaries in the game right now. Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Romelu Lukaku even. All playing for clubs challenging for the biggest prizes.

And this summer they will all be preparing for another season in which they will do the same again.

Can Kane honestly say the same? And if he does get close to tasting success with England, will that only fuel his desire to experience more of those moments – especially if Tottenham cannot even offer him Champions League football?


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