Mauricio Pochettino said Harry Kane has his blessing to join up with England after the striker’s goal earned Tottenham a 1-1 draw against Arsenal.
Kane was handed a surprise start at the Emirates Stadium after seven weeks out with an ankle ligament injury and he justified his manager’s faith with a second-half equaliser from the penalty spot.
It was Kane’s fifth goal in as many games against the Gunners and helped Spurs maintain their unbeaten run in the Premier League after Kevin Wimmer’s own-goal had earlier put the home side ahead.
Kane certainly showed signs of rust and came off after 72 minutes, but his contribution paves the way for international selection, with Gareth Southgate set to announce his squad later on Sunday.
England play Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Friday before hosting a friendly against Spain four days later.
“Can he be in the England squad? I think yes,” Pochettino said after the match. “Now the doctor is assessing him but I think it is not a problem.”
Kane’s comeback is welcome news for Southgate but the interim England manager may have lost two other Spurs players after Kyle Walker limped off and Dele Alli twisted his knee in training on Saturday.
Alli will miss both of England’s fixtures after Pochettino earlier said he expected the midfielder to be out for “a few weeks”.
“I haven’t had time to see Kyle Walker, he is with a doctor too,” Pochettino said.
“We will see after the press conference if he can go or not. Dele Alli suffered a minor problem in his knee. He clashed doing tactics yesterday and twisted his knee a little bit. It’s a minor, minor problem but impossible he could be available today.”
Pochettino on Kane return
Pochettino agreed Kane’s presence alone on Sunday gave his side an “emotional lift” but the striker’s selection was not the only surprise as Tottenham started in an unfamiliar 3-4-2-1 formation.
It was a bold move that just about paid off for Spurs, who recovered their assurance at the back after a shaky display against Bayer Leverkusen and created more chances going forward.
They are still without a win in seven matches but should be better placed after the international break if, as expected, Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela all complete recoveries from injury.
“Today you need to be flexible,” Pochettino said of his new system.
“In the last month we’ve had some small problems and we always need to adapt our system and our game.
“Today we worked a lot to try to find better solutions in the offensive area and tried to play thinking about the opposite goal, higher up with two strikers and one offensive player in behind to create chances and win the game.”