Harry Kane comments on the importance of the Europa League

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Harry Kane gave his thoughts on the Europa League ahead of the side's first knock-out game against Fiorentina.

Tottenham forward Harry Kane has told the club's official website that the side will be going all out to win the Europa League, with Spurs resuming their campaign against Fiorentina in the last 32 at White Hart Lane tonight.

The competition has played a big part in Kane's development with the striker scoring seven goals in the competition so far, and Kane told the club's website he anticipates a lot of side will be targeting the competition with a place in next season's Champions League on offer.

He said: "The Europa League has been a great competition for me, getting my game time and earlier this season, scoring goals and then getting my chance in the Premier League.

"It’s an important competition especially with the winners going into the Champions League next season. I’m sure a lot of teams will be going all out to win it - and so will we."

The form that Kane showed in the competition led to a lot of pressure being piled on Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino to play him more regularly in the Premier League having opted for Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado in the early stages of the campaign.

But Kane eventually got his chance and his form in Europe carried on in the domestic competition and not just against the minnows of the division as he has managed to find the net against Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham within the last two months alone, with his tally in all competitions currently standing at 23. 

The 21-year-old will be hoping his good form continues against a Fiorentina side that has plenty of quality about them.

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