Wednesday 28 September 2016

Kane's able to help rising star Alli maintain focus on game

West Brom 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Jon Culley

Published 07/12/2015 | 02:30

As Mauricio Pochettino seeks to dampen expectations around Dele Alli, his Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Harry Kane (pictured) says he can draw on his own recent experience to help the 19-year-old handle being the centre of attention
As Mauricio Pochettino seeks to dampen expectations around Dele Alli, his Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Harry Kane (pictured) says he can draw on his own recent experience to help the 19-year-old handle being the centre of attention
James McClean celebrates scoring his first goal for West Brom

As Mauricio Pochettino seeks to dampen expectations around Dele Alli, his Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Harry Kane says he can draw on his own recent experience to help the 19-year-old handle being the centre of attention.

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Alli scored his third Spurs goal on Saturday with England manager Roy Hodgson in the Hawthorns crowd.

The midfielder marked his full England debut with a goal in the recent friendly against France and there is talk of a place in Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad.

Kane, who also scored on international debut after Hodgson called him up in March, knows the emotions his young colleague must deal with.

"He is probably going through a whirlwind and everything is happening so quickly," Kane said. "He probably hasn't had a chance to sit back and realise what he has done.

"Playing for England and scoring for England at Wembley is kind of similar to what I did last year. But there is still a long way to go, he has to keep working hard and can't get ahead of himself. He has to stay focused. I am sure he will keep his feet on the floor because he wants to keep getting better."

Powerful

Alli, on his 14th start in Spurs' first team, put his side ahead after 15 minutes, finding a path between two defenders to meet Toby Alderweireld's long ball on the volley.

"It was a very well taken goal," Kane said. "It was a great ball by Toby and it seemed to be in the air for ages, but Dele showed great concentration as he waited for it and got good contact on it."

Ali almost set up a 10th goal in eight matches for Kane early in the second half but Tottenham were pegged back by James McClean's powerful header before half-time as the Irish winger scored for the first time since his summer move from Wigan. McClean was later booked for a reckless tackle on Mousa Dembele.

With their tails up, it took a brilliant close-range save by Hugo Lloris from Jonas Olsson to deny Albion - who left the Tottenham target Saido Berahino on the bench - a second come-from-behind win against north London opponents following their 2-1 win against Arsenal last month.

Tottenham are unbeaten in 14 Premier League matches but they have drawn eight, leaving them still outside the top four.

Pochettino, though, sees that statistic as a positive. "How to turn those draws into wins is an easy question," he said.

"The answer is difficult. But if you turn those draws into defeats then our season looks like a disaster."

Telegraph.co.uk

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