English Premiership

Kane wanting to learn from Rooney

2015-09-03 20:59
Harry Kane (Supplied)
Harry Kane (Supplied)

London - Harry Kane plans to seek advice from England captain Wayne Rooney as the out-of-form Tottenham forward comes to terms with being a key figure for club and country.

Kane enjoyed a meteoric rise last season with 31 goals in all competitions for Tottenham, as well as a fairytale debut strike for England against Lithuania in March.

But the 22-year-old has fallen back to earth with a bump since then.

He joined up with England ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier in San Marino without a goal to his name this term and with only two goals in 13 appearances since his senior international debut.

With his form under close scrutiny, Kane says he is fortunate to be able to call on Rooney for advice and he plans to pick the star's brains at England's training base this week.

Manchester United captain Rooney, hoping to become his country's record goalscorer this weekend, has lived his entire career in the spotlight and recently silenced another outpouring of criticism with a hat-trick in the Champions League against Club Brugge.

"When you look at someone like Wayne - doing it year in, year out, playing for club and country and doing so well - it shows it can be done," Kane said.

"I need to use that experience for my game. It can only help me move forward.

"I'm sure I will get to talk to him while the week goes - to pick his brain, seeing how he has dealt with it and what he has done to keep in good shape over all those years, and try to use that to help me."

Asked how he has coped with the increased fame and pressure that comes with it, Kane claimed to have no problem with the spotlight, saying: "I think that was always going to be the case.

"And you are going to go through spells where you are on fire and everything you touch turns to goals, and others when it doesn't go your way.

"But I'm very focused and confident in my own ability. I know if I keep doing the right things, the goals will come.

"I need to try not to worry about the outside part of the game."

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