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As per a report by Daily Express, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at claims that star striker Harry Kane looks like he needs a longer rest following the World Cup.

Kane, 24, has had just one full summer off – in 2017 – in the last four years. Two years ago, he was in France for the European Championships and the year before, he played in the Under-21 equivalent.

Tottenham won their season-opener against Newcastle United last weekend but Kane failed to score. The England international looked off the pace and failed to break his August hoodoo at Newcastle, despite playing 14 games over the past four years.

It sparked suggestions that Pochettino should provide the England captain with a break to rediscover his mojo but our gaffer has hit back at the critics, saying he will never take risks with Kane’s fitness (h/t Daily Express).

“I respect all opinions,” Pochettino was quoted by the Express ahead of the Premier League clash against Fulham at Wembley.

“I only have my own truth. We all have our own truths about what we see and how we manage. We can’t explain how we manage players behind the scenes.

“The people outside don’t know how Harry Kane was after playing 90 minutes last week.

“They don’t know if Sunday Harry was off, Monday off or training or relaxation or one session or in the gym. Be sure that I am not going to take a risk.

“If we are conscious that we would be taking a risk, be sure he is not going to play. But the 25-30 people who are coaches, sport scientists and physios here, we talk a lot about fitness health and everything.

“If we are wrong it is 25-30 people who are wrong. When we take a decision about health it is not a football decision.”

Kane has suffered three ankle ligament injuries in the past two seasons and Pochettino did admit that injuries are part and parcel of the game, regardless of how well a player trains on the pitch.

Kane was Europe’s top goal-scorer in 2017, with 56 goals in 52 games for club and country. In addition, he also won the Golden Boot in the recently concluded World Cup. Our club simply cannot afford to replace him with someone of similar quality. The Englishman is just indispensable for Pochettino and Spurs.

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And to make things all the more interesting, Kane has finally broken his August jinx by scoring a screamer against Fulham on Saturday. The 24-year-old striker had a glorious opportunity and he grasped it with both hands, hence silencing his naysayers.

He did not look like he was struggling on any level and let’s hope Pochettino’s words hold true in the near future.

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Tottenham stadium update: New pitch to be laid out in October

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Tottenham’s new stadium saw artificial lighting for the pitch being tested in the past week. The moveable lights are expected to help the pitch grow but there was no grass on the surface as per the video.

Football.london claims that the new pitch could be laid as early as October. The report adds that construction firm Mace revealed at a “Business Community Liaison Group” at Lilywhite House that the pitch would be laid in October.

The report adds that the dates for the test events would be revealed a month ahead of their schedule. The construction firm and club are certain that there would be no more delays regarding these events.

Football.london further claimed that an artificial NFL pitch has been installed at the base of our new home.

The latest revelations are good news for Tottenham fans who have been waiting for the stadium to be completed.

We all know that our first visitors were supposed to be Liverpool and we have been playing our Premier League home games at Wembley so far. Tottenham did play all their home games at Wembley last season as well and so, playing at this venue shouldn’t be a problem for the team.

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The same stadium will be our home for the Champions League group clashes. However, Stadium MK has been selected as the venue for our Carabao Cup clash against Watford on Wednesday.

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This Tottenham star pushed club to secure Stadium MK for Carabao Cup clash

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Tottenham will play their Carabao Cup Third Round clash against Watford at Stadium MK. The decision was taken with the help of the FA as Wembley is unavailable on Wednesday.

This would be our second home stadium this season after Wembley. Stadium MK will hold special memories for Dele Alli as we signed the youngster from MK Dons a few years ago.

The Englishman has become a crucial player for us and the midfielder spoke about returning to his old stomping ground.

The 22-year-old claimed that he tried to push the stadium to be selected for the clash against Watford.

Alli added that he was excited as the rest of the Tottenham players would visit Stadium MK. The 22-year-old had even hyped up the venue to his teammates.

It isn’t easy to make it to the top level and Alli added that his initial aim was to break into the first-team at MK Dons and then take it from there.

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We moved swiftly to sign the youngster back then and it has paid off really well. The attacking midfielder hasn’t been brilliant for us in the ongoing campaign but the Carabao Cup clash in his old home could be the spark he needs.

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“Helped me fall back in love with Spurs”, “Warrior” – Some Tottenham fans love former player’s tweet

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Former Tottenham star Ryan Mason’s football career came to a premature end after he picked up a skull fracture while playing for Hull City.

The former Spurs was facing Chelsea and hung his boots in 2018 but is adored by many fans.

Now 27, the midfielder shared a video of him scoring a goal for us four years ago and what a strike it was from the Englishman.

This was Mason’s first goal for Spurs and it came in a League Cup fixture against Nottingham Forest.

The midfielder might not have been the most gifted player ever but he always gave 100% on the pitch and his move to Hull City, unfortunately, did not work out.

Mason played for numerous clubs in the English system, serving stints at Millwall, Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers.

The former Spurs star also had one cap for the England national side in 2015 and a number of fans tweeted their love for the player after his post.

Read more: “I’m happy at Tottenham” – Star claims he has work to do at Spurs despite interest from Bayern Munich

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