England boss Gareth Southgate appeared to question Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino's claim that Harry Kane will be fit for the north London derby against Arsenal on November 18th, when speaking to reporters during his pre-match press conference, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
The Tottenham supremo was speaking to Guillem Balague at his book launch yesterday, and told the Sky Sports pundit that the 24-year-old striker will definitely be fit for next week's crunch game against their bitter rivals, as quoted by Sky Sports.
Southgate though, appeared to question the Argentine's judgement, when speaking to reporters ahead of England's match against Germany tomorrow, suggesting that Kane's injury is worse than the Spurs boss is letting on, as quoted by the Evening Standard:
“I knew Harry Kane was in trouble because he stayed down [against Palace]. Harry Kane doesn’t stay down. Both him and Harry Winks were scanned. Both scans were reviewed by our medical department — there’s no way they’re available for our two games. Spurs might risk them against Arsenal. I’m hearing talk of club versus country — it’s a nonsense. The players are injured and can’t play."
Kane is such a vital player for both club and country, as he has proven over the course of the last two years, what with his incredibly goals to games ratio.
And Spurs fans will be desperately hoping that Pochettino was right when he said their star striker will be available for the game against the Gunners in nine days time.
The 24-year-old has scored six goals in six Premier League games against Arsene Wenger's men, and if he is fit and firing, it would take a brave man to bet against him improving upon that record next Saturday.