Kane feels Wembley ‘home’ could aid Spurs’ FA Cup hopes

Date published: Tuesday 21st February 2017 9:34

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Tottenham’s familiarity with Wembley will be a big advantage if they can reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup, striker Harry Kane believes.

Spurs have played all their European home games at the national stadium this season and will host Gent there on Thursday in the second leg of the Europa League last 32. Gent hold a 1-0 lead from last week’s opening leg in Belgium.

Kane ensured Tottenham bounced back from that defeat on Sunday, the striker’s hat-trick sealing a 3-0 win over Fulham and a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals where they will host Millwall.

That tie will be at White Hart Lane but if Mauricio Pochettino’s men go through, the semi-finals and final will take place at Wembley, as has been the case since 2008.

Spurs have until the end of March to confirm they will play all their home matches at Wembley next season, with the plan to move into their new stadium at the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

Kane believes playing under the iconic arch in Europe would give them the edge over their rivals in the FA Cup.

“It will be an advantage, 100 per cent,” Kane said. “If we get through the next round of the FA Cup, the semi will be at Wembley.

“We are playing there on Thursday, hopefully we will get through. We have got to try and make it our home.

“We don’t know what we are doing next season – we could be there next season – so we want to make it as good for us as possible and win as many games as we can there and get that confidence going because we could be playing there a few times this season.

“The more the better. The more we play there, the further we will be going in competitions. It is important that we try to do that.”

Kane was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up at Craven Cottage, having taken a knock to his knee in the defeat to Gent three days before.

“It was just a knee-to-knee contact,” Kane said. “It was just a bit of a dead leg so a bit of ice and pressure for two days in between and I was ready to play.

“I didn’t know if I would be starting or not but the gaffer wanted me to play so I was ready to start.”

Pochettino was perhaps eager to field his top striker to improve the club’s recent form, which had included only two victories in six matches in all competitions.

The Argentinian also admitted he had summoned two meetings with Tottenham’s players before the game in an attempt to spark them back into life.

“Sometimes we need that, we need a reminder of who we are and what we are about,” Kane said.

“We had a couple a couple of meetings between us and we were glad to go out (against Fulham) and put it right.

“We have been starting quite slow in games and it was just about bringing the desire back to the team, bringing that hunger back to the team, chasing balls down, running in behind and I think we did that great.”

 

Kane denies Tottenham loss of form

Tottenham will now look to overturn their one-goal deficit against Gent on Thursday before returning to the Premier League at home to Stoke next Sunday.

Kane insists their dip has been exaggerated.

“Everyone is calling it a blip,” Kane said. “It is one game away to Liverpool that we lost and away at Gent. But the Gent one is one we can turn around this Thursday.

“I think if we win on Thursday it makes it a lot sweeter and it doesn’t seem as bad.

“Obviously we are not going to play the whole season perfectly – there are going to be ups and downs. It is about limiting them and hopefully we are on the up for the rest of the season.”

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