Jermain Defoe dismisses concerns about the fitness of Harry Kane

Harry Kane. Photo by Robbie Stephenson/JMP/REX/Shutterstock (9646663cc)

Veteran English striker Jermain Defoe has dismissed concerns that many people have about the fitness of Tottenham and England national team talisman Harry Kane.

Reports from England have emerged which have suggested that Kane was rushed back from his ankle ligament injury and this could impact his conditioning ahead of the world cup which will take place in Russia during the summer.

England will head into the world cup this summer hoping to win the tournament for the first time since 1966.

Defoe knows Kane from the time which the two spent together at Spurs.

“You don’t need to be fit; if you’re a goalscorer, you’re a goalscorer,” Defoe, 35, told Press Association Sport. “He had that injury, and people are saying he rushed back, but if you’re Tottenham, you need him back, as simple as that.

“Harry’s one of those players who even if he’s not 100 percent he wants to play, to score goals. He wants to go into the tournament sharp, as he was before the injury. If you miss five, six, seven games, you need five, six, seven games to get your sharpness again.

“We hope he goes there sharp, but even if he’s not match fit, if a chance comes, Harry will score.

“I’ve had games where I’ve not been 100 percent match fit and you manage the game, wait for the chances, get yourself in the area where you score. Instinct kicks in; you take your chances like you normally do, regardless of how many games you’ve played and you’re fit or not.”