Gary Cahill: Harry Kane's confidence is sky-high

Tuesday 24 Mar 2015
Harry Kane and Gary Cahill in training on Tuesday

Gary Cahill says Harry Kane is adding to the feel-good factor from England's successful start to their Euro 2016 campaign.

The Tottenham striker, who Cahill has had to face three times this season, is with Roy Hodgson's squad for the first time after a phenomenal season with Spurs.

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And Cahill says the fresh face and new talent has added to the excitement already around the camp at St. George's Park.

"There's still a feel good factor from summer results," the Chelsea man said. "We meet up positive, we recapped on previous games and remembered that we are playing well and going in right direction."

When asked specifically about Kane, Cahill added: "Really good, I've played against him three times and he's a handful, a fantastic talent. For me he has all the attributes.

"He is a real top player. It is down to the manager if he starts but they're all good enough to play."

Kane scored three in his last outing with Tottenham in the 4-3 victory over Leicester City last Saturday.


Harry Kane has scored 29 goals for Tottenham this season

Cahill said: "To score a hat-trick in the match leading up to your first England call up is ideal. His confidence must be sky high.

"Is he ready to start? That's down to manager of course. We have four top strikers all chomping at the bit and who are all capable of starting – Harry is in that bracket. I'm sure he feels ready to play."

Cahill is fighting for a regular place in Chelsea's starting XI with stiff competition from John Terry and Kurt Zouma but the centre-back is enjoying his club form.

"It is OK," he said. "I am still working hard, focused on the job we have to do until the end of the season.

Cahill on competition for places

"I've been working hard to get back in the Chelsea side. I want to play football and at the moment I'm doing that so I'm happy

"There are decisions the manager has to make this week. All we can do as players is go out and work as hard as we can to get in the team."

Wembley is sold out for Friday night's qualifier against Lithuania and the Three Lions' players are well aware they have a full house behind them.

"It is fantastic as players that it is all sold out," he added.  "We're looking forward to that. It is amazing support.

"We knew this meeting was coming and thankfully we got a good result. Now we focus on what we do here."

By FA Staff