Kane named England captain as Tottenham insist he is not for sale

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"It's just another game and I'll try and help the team, score my goals and qualify for the World Cup". "I want to maintain my performance over a long period of time".

Southgate's charges welcome Slovenia to Wembley on Saturday for a 19:45 United Kingdom kick-off, with eyes on picking up all three points to help the side towards a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

"I would never say no", he replied, when asked about the recent round of speculation.

"Of course we're working with the team all the time, we're clear what we're working on, on the areas we want to improve and we're here to win".

"I had a guy come round and explained what you could do, eating the right food at the right times", Kane said. There's a reason for all this hype, of course - he's a great player and full of promise for even greater things, and it would not be at all surprising if he were snapped up by a bigger team than Spurs, especially if they manage another trophy-less season.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was heaping praise on the 21-year-old academy graduate after the 3-0 Champions League win away at APOEL.

He started his first match of the 2017/18 campaign against Barnsley last month, but has since earned starts at APOEL Nicosia and at the John Smith's Stadium last weekend. "But you're talking about a player trying to maximise his ability and finding every edge".

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England have lost just one of their last 18 matches at home, and none in the last eight (W7 D1).

"He recognises his responsibilities and how things will be viewed, and how his world is changing in terms of the attention on him and the spotlight on him", said Southgate. The marginal gains make a massive difference at this high level. The more people like that in my squad ... well, it starts to become a self-fulfilling prophecy with everyone always striving for more.

"Everyone's hungry because they're not where they want to be".

"We respect England, but we are not afraid of them".

Kane, who netted 13 goals in September, had emerged as a reported £177m target for Real Madrid on Wednesday morning but Spurs have acted quickly to scotch the rumour. He is often overshadowed by the club's other superstars like Ronaldo and Bale, but Benzema's goal-scoring record for the Galácticos is impressive and he is an important part of their devastating strike force.

There was an admission to one guilty pleasure - "apple crumble" - but everything else had Southgate purring at his side.