Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte said he has no doubts Harry Kane will overcome his World Cup disappointment with the resumption of the English Premier League.
Kane equaled Wayne Rooney’s all-time record as England’s top scorer when he scored a penalty against France, but missed another late on as England lost 2–1.
And Kane returned to his hobby when he put the ball on goal with a wonderful header in the 65th minute, before Tottenham drew 2-2 with Brentford.
Conte told reporters: “Personally, I have no doubts about Harry, his competence, his mentality and the way he approaches every match and every training session. Of course, for Harry, he is in a strange situation because he did so well for World Cup.England reached the quarter-finals and then missed a decisive penalty.But you know full well it’s football.
She added: “You can go through good or bad times. If you are mentally strong, if you are a top player, there comes a time when you have to overcome a negative situation and move on. I think Harry did.’
Brentford fans had taunted Keane with chants of ‘you have failed your country’ but Conte said fans should support the players instead.
Kane took his tally to 13 goals in all competitions this season, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s strike ensured Tottenham equalized after trailing 2-0 in the 54th minute.
It was the sixth game in a row that fourth-placed Spurs had conceded first, but it was the team’s reaction in the second half that impressed Conte.
“On the one hand, I have to be happy with the reaction and how we played in the second half,” said the Italian coach. Not just the way we scored the two goals, but the energy and desire. When you play like this you will surely cause a lot of trouble for your opponents.