Harry Kane enters the European Championship with question marks hanging over his future at Tottenham.
Much has been made of the fact the striker is reportedly willing to call time on his career at Spurs – and Europe’s biggest clubs will certainly keep a close eye on developments.
As the rumour mill begins to go into overdrive over Kane’s future, there have been concerns he may be distracted as he leads England into their quest for major tournament glory.
But former England striker Michael Owen has eased fears over whether the Spurs star’s focus could be on his future rather than the Euros by stating he “guarantees” Kane will not be distracted.
Owen discussed Kane’s future as new research commissioned by Booking.com, the official Accommodation and Attractions Booking Partner of UEFA EURO 2020™, found that fans are more friends than rivals, as over three quarters (77%) of England fans say that watching in stadia alongside rival fans is the best part of live football.
The ex-Liverpool star knows all about transfers in the summer of a major tournament, he left Anfield for Real Madrid shortly after the 2004 European Championships.
However, he quashed any talk that the rumours will play on Kane’s mind this summer, explaining: “It is out there in the public that there could be a change of club for him so there is speculation.
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“If he’s thinking that, I think he’s been thinking that for the last year so I don’t think anything is really going to change from that perspective.
“If he was an 18-year-old we could question it, but I think he’s so experienced, I can guarantee you one thing, once he crosses that line the last thing he’ll be thinking of is Manchester City or Manchester United or Real Madrid, his focus will be on this competition and this tournament.”
Kane enjoyed yet another remarkable season individually, taking home both the golden boot and leading playmaker awards as Spurs finished the campaign in seventh.
Despite his stunning form in front of goal, Kane’s season concluded without any silverware yet again, coming within touching distance against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final only to be on the wrong side of a 1-0 score-line.
His empty trophy cabinet has lead to widespread speculation touting Kane with a move away from Tottenham, with a number of the biggest clubs on the continent closely monitoring his situation, including Premier League rivals Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea.
Kane responded: “Oh De Bruyne for sure, when I watch De Bruyne play he’s a special, special player and some of the balls I see him put in for City are just a striker’s dream if I’m honest but yeah he’s outstanding.”