Tottenham’s Harry Kane inspired by Andros Townsend impact
Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane says he has been inspired by Andros Townsend's meteoric rise at White Hart Lane
Harry Kane admits he has been inspired by Andros Townsend’s impact at Tottenham Hotspur this season.
The 22-year-old winger has established himself as a mainstay of Andre Villas-Boas’ starting line-up despite the Spurs boss signing the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela during the summer transfer window.
Kane, who is also Chingford-born, has scored once in five appearances this term, and the England Under-21 international hopes to make the most of any first-team opportunities presented to him.
“It’s all about taking your chance. Andros has taken his chance this year, he’s been excellent. It’s great to see because you feel like you’ve got a chance yourself,” Kane said.
Whilst Kane admitted he would prefer to be playing in the Champions League, the Spurs youngster insists the north London side are determined to win Europe’s second tier competition.
“All the players want to win trophies,” Kane added.
“Europa League is a great competition. It’s a chance to win silverware and that’s what everyone at this club wants to do.
“Obviously Andre Villas-Boas has made it clear that he wants to win it so the players will be trying to do that.”
He added: “It’s a hard decision. Obivously everyone wants to playing in the Champions League but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Europa
League is a big competition that everyone wants to win.”
Tottenham v Sheriff: Pre-match facts
• Jan Vertonghen and Defoe were on target on matchday three as Spurs made it three wins from three, with Sheriff’s first contest against an English side ending in a 2-0 defeat – their heaviest home loss in this competition.
• Spurs previously took on the team that were once Sheriff’s main rivals, Zimbru Chisinau, in the first round of the 1999/2000 Uefa Cup, winning 3-0 at home before earning a 0-0 draw in the Moldovan capital.
• England have won all four of their senior national meetings with Moldova, and three of their four Uefa European Under-21 Championship meetings, with the remaining match ending in a draw.
• The only success for a Moldovan side against English opponents in a Uefa competition came when Toligma Chisinau beat Doncaster College DEAF FC 10-2 in the 2006/07 Uefa Futsal Cup preliminary round.