Harry Kane will lead England to Qatar in a fortnight but before then he has three games for Spurs as they aim to put the finishing touches on what would be a promising start to the campaign.
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There is a Carabao Cup game with Nottingham Forest sandwiched in between, so Kane has plenty of things to think about before turning his attention to England’s bid for the World Cup.
“I said it before, you try not to think about it,” Kane said. “I said the World Cup was going to come round really quickly, and it’s come round really quickly.
“We’re in November already and in a couple of weeks we’ll be on the plane and playing the first game in no time.
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“I think a lot of players have got it in the backs of their minds, but I think the top players manage to give 110 percent no matter what.
“The more you try to think about managing yourself, it sometimes backfires. So, me personally, I’m just trying to focus on the next three games.
“Of course it’s hard not to think about it but if we can have three good results it will put us in a really good place going into the World Cup.”
Spurs got a tonic in Provence thanks to a second-half comeback at the Stade Velodrome.
Having been woken up by fireworks being let off outside their hotel in the middle of the night, Spurs were still asleep in the first half as a listless display in a hostile atmosphere had them heading towards the Europa League.
But second-half goals from Clement Lenglet and Hojbjerg – with the last kick of the game – ensured that Antonio Conte’s men remain in the premier tournament after Christmas.
“It was really important just before the World Cup,” Harry Kane added. “If we’d have gone out, it would have been a real sting because you know you’re coming back from the World Cup and playing Europa League and it’s just not the same feeling.
“So that was really vital. We’ve got three games before the World Cup and hopefully we can use this to finish strongly and if we can be there or thereabouts in the Premier League and get through in the Carabao Cup, it’ll be a really good start to the season.”