Tottenham’s English contingent can ensure Wembley becomes a home away from home in the Champions League, according to Harry Kane.
Spurs return to the continent’s elite competition on Wednesday when they welcome Monaco to North London, though it will be at Wembley, rather than White Hart Lane, where they entertain clubs in the Champions League this term while they transform their stadium.
The crowd is expected to set a new record for the largest attendance for a home Champions League game in Britain, yet fans of rival club Arsenal can testify to the struggles of a Wembley relocation as they won just two of their six fixtures in Europe when temporarily playing there in the late 1990s.
However, while Kane is mindful of their French opponents rising to the occasion too, he believes a strong English core that includes regular internationals Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and himself, can help them instantly settle in not-so-unfamiliar surroundings.
“If there are 85-90,000 Tottenham fans in there it’s only going to make you play better,” Kane said.
“A lot of us have played there already, so it feels like even more of a home. Everyone knows how iconic Wembley is, but that’s what we’ve got to be careful of, Monaco are going to come here and it’s a big occasion for them as well. We have to make sure we’re ready for that.”
Tottenham head into their Monaco meeting on a high as they thrashed Stoke 4-0 in Staffordshire on Saturday, with Kane ending a nine-game goal drought by netting for the 50th time in the Premier League.
“The lads are excited and we wanted a good result here,” he added.
“Now we can go there on Wednesday and enjoy the record-breaking crowd; it’s going to be an amazing atmosphere and the lads cannot wait to play in that one now.
“There’s a buzz about that one and coming off the back of a 4-0 win you can’t ask for much more. We have to prepare well for Wednesday now.
“We’re not there just to participate. We want to go as far as we can, we feel we have a group that we can definitely qualify from. A good start is important.”
Kane’s strike came after Dele Alli had also opened his account for the campaign and Heung-Min Son had netted a brace at the bet365 Stadium.
And unlike his English colleagues, the South Korean got his first taste of the most famous stadium in England when Spurs trained there recently.
“For every player, it’s a dream to play in the Champions League,” the 24-year-old said.
“For me also, It’s two years since I played in the Champions League. I can’t wait for this night.
“My first time I went training at Wembley, the stadium was unbelieveable. I’m excited to play there, so many fans will be there and we have to win this game.”