Kane calls for cool heads against rivals Scotland

England striker Harry Kane is available again after missing the games against Malta and Slovenia.
England striker Harry Kane is available again after missing the games against Malta and Slovenia.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Harry Kane has urged his England team-mates to keep their cool in tomorrow's game against Scotland, echoing the sentiments of interim manager Gareth Southgate, ahead of the World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

The England squad watched a video montage put together by the Football Association, on Southgate's request, featuring clips from previous matches between the sides.

There is an insistence within the England set-up that Scotland do not have a better understanding of the sporting enmity that exists between the nations, though that comprehension must be followed up with focus tomorrow.

Asked if emotional control will be essential against the Scots, Kane said: "Definitely. You don't want to get any silly bookings early on and end up getting sent off because, in this type of game, you need all your men out on the pitch.

"Of course there will be tackles flying in, and a lot of battles and duels, but that's what it is all about, so you have to keep a cool head but still have that passion."

Kane, who returned after a seven-week absence with an ankle injury for Tottenham Hotspur's draw with Arsenal in the north London derby on Sunday, was one of nine players excused from training at St George's Park on Tuesday, with Southgate not taking any chances on fitness.

The striker's club-mates Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Eric Dier all sat out the session, along with Jack Wilshere, Phil Jagielka, Raheem Sterling, Theo Walcott and John Stones. Numbers were boosted by the presence of Nathaniel Chalobah, James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond who stepped up from the Under-21s.

"It feels great to be back for Spurs and to be back with England is always special," said Kane, who missed the games against Malta and Slovenia.

"The ankle feels good now and it's great to be back in the fold."

He also said that England's players are pleased they will be wearing commemorative poppies in the game against Scotland.

World governing body Fifa forbids teams from wearing political, commercial or religious symbols during matches and has warned England and Scotland they could face sanctions if they defy the directive. But the football associations of both countries have decided their players will wear black armbands with poppy motifs to honour Britain's war dead in the Armistice Day fixture.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 10, 2016, with the headline 'Kane calls for cool heads against rivals Scotland'. Print Edition | Subscribe