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Tottenham news: Harry Kane admits he was always determined to ‘prove people wrong’

After putting the nation’s children to sleep with his CBeebies bedtime story about a roaring mouse, it’s time for Harry Kane to rekindle Tottenham’s European dreams.

After scoring the only goal in Brighton on Saturday that took his Premier League tally to eight this season, he has been looking for his first Champions League goals in almost three years as Spurs take on Eintracht Frankfurt.

And after launching his own charitable foundation with an animated film about his own determined journey to the top through adversity on World Mental Health Day, Kane confessed he was still inspired by his rejection at Arsenal more than 20 years ago.

“Proving people wrong has always been part of my personality,” Kane said. “If you look back on my career, on loan and the things I had to achieve to get to where I am now, that’s certainly part of my identity.

“It’s a really important message for any boy or girl. There will be beatings along the way. There will be ups and downs, but it’s about how you deal with it, keep working and keep going.

“My personality is not only meant to prove people wrong, but to prove myself that I can be the best I know I can be.”

It’s a busy time to be Harry Kane. All of this, plus the important matter of leading England to a World Cup next month where he plans to wear the OneLove armband, FIFA is trying to stop the FA’s attempt to promote inclusion and oppose the to protest homophobic policies of the host country Qatar.

“We want to wear it and that’s our train of thought,” Kane said Tuesday. “It will be up to FIFA and I am sure the FA will get in touch with them. I personally haven’t heard anything. Right now we’re lining up to wear it.”

First, however, on the progress of negotiations from what has become a tight four-way battle in their Champions League group, Antonio Conte is urging Kane to apply his fine Premier League form to upcoming home games against Eintracht on Wednesday night and Sporting Lisbon. in a fortnight.

“Harry started the season really well,” said Spurs boss Conte. “And we’re working to keep going and improving because I know he can go big, big levels. He’s a really important player who scores goals in the Premier League and we need his goals in the Champions League too.

“My demands are high but we have a way to try and be competitive in this tournament.”

Tottenham have taken four points and scored just two goals in three Group D games. They lost to Sporting in Lisbon, drew against Eintracht in Frankfurt and won against Marseille at home, but they are in good shape if they get maximum points from the next two games, both at home.

Ten points should be enough to qualify for the knockout rounds and could even allow the manager to change his squad and rest some players in the final game in Marseille.

“We have to take advantage of these two games,” said Conte. “In our head and in our heart there is only one thought, to go to the next round. And my players know we have the opportunity to do that, but we definitely have to show that we deserve to go through.’

Lucas Moura and Dejan Kulusevski are both back in training after injuries. Moura will start as a substitute against Eintracht Frankfurt but Kulusevski is unlikely to return before Saturday’s game against Everton.

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