Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Kane has manager speechless

08 March 2015, 17:15

London - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he was running out of words to describe Harry Kane after the striker boosted his side's hopes of Champions League qualification.

Kane scored twice as Spurs beat relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers 2-1 on Saturday, taking his tally to 26 goals in all competitions and moving his side to within three points of fourth-place Manchester United.

The forward had failed to score in his previous three games, but he took both his goals with aplomb to cap a fine display in front of watching England manager Roy Hodgson.

Not for the first time this season, Pochettino was left to reflect on a match-winning contribution from the 21-year-old, although the Spurs manager refused to be drawn on his chances of a first England call-up.

"It's difficult to say anything else about Harry. His performance today (Saturday) shows his strength to keep working," the Argentine said.

"It's Roy Hodgson's decision if he plays for England or not, but all of us here in the Tottenham family are happy with him."

Kane himself is taking nothing for granted ahead of England's 2016 European Championship qualifier against Lithuania and friendly against Italy at the end of this month.

"I just need to keep doing what I'm doing," he said.

"There are still a few more games until the international break, so I just need to do the best I can for Spurs.

"I'm loving my football, being out there with my team-mates and my mates. I feel good and confident; it's important for a striker to have that. The second goal was a nice, composed finish."

Midfielder Ryan Mason will also have caught Hodgson's eye in a hard-fought victory that ended frantically after former Spurs midfielder Sandro pulled a goal back for the home side in the 75th minute.

Pochettino added: "You can see the performance from the English players was fantastic.

"Ryan played well, but so did the team. They all showed a big character. This type of game is when you can see that the team improve and show the character I think is so important for us to get the three points."

Spurs' season had been in danger of unravelling after they were knocked out of the Europa League by Fiorentina and then lost to Chelsea in the League Cup final within the space of four days last week.

It leaves a top-four finish as their sole objective and they have now recorded back-to-back league wins after those twin set-backs.

"The reaction after going out of Europe has been fantastic. It was difficult after the defeat against Fiorentina," Pochettino said.

"I think the response has been fantastic from the squad in the big games that have followed. We have to go away and now train hard to focus on our next match against Manchester United."

Defeat left QPR in the bottom three, three points adrift of safety.

Manager Chris Ramsey was frustrated that his side were denied two strong penalty appeals, particularly when Spurs' Nabil Bentaleb appeared to handle the ball inside the box in the closing stages.

"There are sometimes decisions where there are fine lines, but when you are in our position, you have to grab whatever you can, so I am disappointed they didn't go our way," he said.

"You can see the players applied themselves well today, but when you play the top teams, they have the quality to punish any mistake."

Veteran QPR defender Rio Ferdinand, 36, came in for criticism from media pundits and social media users, particularly for playing Kane onside in the build-up to his second goal in the 68th minute.

But Ramsey said: "I think Rio Ferdinand played well. When goals go in, people look to blame someone, but Rio should be praised for the way he is applying himself in training and the way he is playing."



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...