Harry Kane convinced he is still “one of the best” strikers despite poor start to Euros

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Harry Kane has been here before and he always relies on one the one weapon in his locker that never lets him down – belief.

The spotlight on the England captain is burning hot after a taser-like shock to the system following the miserable draw with Scotland.

But last night the Tottenham striker had just one message for the critics piling on after he drew a blank for the second game running at the Euro's.

“I believe in myself, I always believe in myself. That’s the only way to be – and it’s the best way to be”, said a relaxed Kane at England's training base.

Harry Kane was again disappointing against Scotland
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)

He should know.

The 27-year-old star won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia as well as the Premier League version last month.

And although he's got a zero against his name now, Kane knows it only takes one goal to open the floodgates.

“As a striker you don’t score for a couple of games and all of a sudden you score one or two and then everything starts falling your way.

“Things can change very quickly. So it's not a time overthink stuff, do too much, anything extra or different, it’s about staying focused.

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“I know what I’m capable of and what I can bring to the team and, of course, if I score a couple of goals against the Czechs on Tuesday everyone is talking about the Golden Boot again, how we have one of the best strikers and we’re going to go far as we can in the tournament.

“It’s about managing expectations but the players and manager know what I bring to the team

“Many times I’ve gone two games without scoring but in tournament football, it just gets highlighted a lot more.

“I never get too high or too low. I know the chances will come with the players we've got in the team.

“And when they do I will be more than capable of putting them away.”

Despite pundits suggesting he's fatigued or carrying an injury Kane insists he's got no issues.

There's no hard feelings about being subbed against Scotland – and no, his wish to leave Spurs isn't playing on his mind.

“Absolutely not to be honest," says Kane. "All my focus is on how I can help this team and how we can be successful in this tournament.

“Gareth is within his rights to make the changes he thinks are best.

“What we’ve learned in past tournaments, is about trying to peak at the right time and that's the knockout stages.

“Maybe in Russia there were times, towards the end when I wasn’t as sharp as I wanted to be.

“We didn’t quite get to where we wanted to go, maybe partly for that reason, so it's about managing the squad, making sure everyone is feeling as fit and sharp as possible.”

Kane believes the wake-up call against Scotland could be a lifeline to better things.

“Absolutely, that's definitely the belief amongst us.

“I don't think Portugal won a group game at the last Euro's but they won the tournament.

“We'd loved to have won the first two games, beat the Czech's and be cruising with nine points.

Kane will be desperate to get back amongst the goals against Czech Republic
(Image: Offside via Getty Images)

“But Scotland are playing for their lives and it's rare that you win all your group games and have a straight line to lift the trophy.

“Sometimes you have a few ups and downs, maybe a few reality checks to make you work on a few things and that's the case for us.

“I feel we can get better in the attacking third, be a bit more fluid and free and create a few more chances. Then we can be a real strong team at this tournament.

“We still believe we have a great chance – and that's how we will feel all the way to the end."

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