instagram envelope_alt facebook twitter search youtube_play whatsapp remove external_link loop2 arrow-down2

Pochettino plays down Harry Kane burn-out fears

Overworked: Kane has had little rest since the World Cup but Spurs are unconcerned PICTURE: REX

MAURICIO POCHETTINO is not worried by Harry Kane’s performances this season, despite fears his star striker is in danger of being burnt out.

TV pundit Gary Neville led the calls for Tottenham striker Kane to be rested after a below-par display for England against Spain last week.

The World Cup Golden Boot winner has also appeared laboured at the start of the new domestic season, despite scoring twice in four games.

Spurs boss Pochettino, though, knows Kane better than anyone and said: ‘He needs to provide the team with his best. With England it’s maybe not the best conditions for a striker to give the best.

‘He’s one of the best players in Europe. But because he’s so big a player, everyone expects him in every single action to do something different.

‘That’s why expectations and perspective are completely different to other players. If someone knows him really well, we do. We know it’s not a situation that worries us. It’s under control. I think he’s fit. Under our assessment, he’s ready to play.’

Spurs face Liverpool tomorrow without injured midfielder Dele Alli and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Alli missed the friendly with Switzerland on Tuesday with a slight hamstring strain but had been tipped to play tomorrow. Pochettino said: ‘Alli is a bit unlucky. We’re going to miss him for this game and possibly Inter Milan in the Champions League.’