Sam Allardyce wouldn't start Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane against Liverpool

Mauricio Pochettino manager

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will lock horns in Madrid at the start of next month.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur walls the pitch with his family after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2019 in...

Sam Allardyce has made it clear that he wouldn't start Tottenham's key man Harry Kane in the Champions League final against Liverpool because he'll be 'rusty'. 

Mauricio Pochettino's side will be preparing for one of the biggest nights in their history when they take on their fellow English side in the European Cup final.

Kane has been on the sidelines since April and it remains to be seen if he'll be part of a Spurs team that will be chasing glory in a few weeks time.


Speaking to The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSport (14/05/2019 at 9:15 am), Allardyce admitted that he'll get 'some stick' for his comments about Kane.

On whether he'd play Kane: “No,” Allardyce told TalkSport. “All those games he's been missing. For me, he would be a great sub. I don't think you'd have a very upset Harry Kane.

“The best for the team is the best for the team. For that period of time [being out injured], having not had a game or that much training with the lads, but he's bound to be a touch rusty.

“Oh, they [Tottenham fans] will give me some stick there no doubt about that. I am only thinking from my professional point of view watching the players.”

Moussa Sissoko and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrate after the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the...

Leading up to the final, Pochettino's side beat Ajax in one of the most remarkable nights in European history when they overturned their three-goal deficit. 

The North London club scored three goals in the second half, with Lucas Moura netting a hat-trick to book their place in the final.

If Kane is fit to play then Pochettino will have a big dilemma on his hands on whether Kane starts or even if hat-trick hero Moura starts from the bench.

Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur warms up prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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