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Kane ‘available’ for north London derby

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino says in-form striker who limped off against Crystal Palace will be fit for Emirates Stadium clash after international break

09 November, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Harry Kane has been left out of England’s World Cup warm-up games

THE international action hasn’t even kicked off yet, but Harry Kane has already been passed as fit to play for Tottenham in the north London derby against Arsenal next weekend.

The seemingly unstoppable striker has been left out of England’s World Cup warm-up games against Germany on Friday and Brazil on Tuesday after discussions between the club’s medical staff and manager Gareth Southgate.

Kane lasted 77 minutes of Spurs 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday before limping off with a knee injury, while team-mate Harry Winks, who has also withdrawn from the England squad, went off with an ankle injury.

But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was quick to allay fans’ fears regarding the 24-year-old match winner as he confirmed that Kane would be fit for the match at the Emirates Stadium on November 18.

“Harry is OK, he’s very good. He received a kick on his knee during the game against Crystal Palace but don’t worry he will be available in the next game,” said Pochettino.

Meanwhile Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has revealed that he’s already planning for life after football.

Despite being only 22 years old, the Spain international, who recently received a diploma in marketing from the University of Pennsylvania, said he has discussed creating a marketing agency with his housemate.

“Sometimes players get into their 30s and start thinking about what they’re going to be doing after,” Bellerin told Arsenal Player.

“Suddenly, they might get injured and things are rushed. You end up not playing football or thinking about what you’re going to do when you retire.

“I’ve known people who have had football taken away from them and have found it hard to know their purpose in life.

“It’s important to me to have clear things in my mind, even at such a young age, because you never know what could happen with injuries.

“It’s not just with age. A friend of mine had to stop playing football because of a cardiac arrest when he was really, really young.

“These things can happen in football, so you always have to be ready for it,” Bellerin added.

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