San Marino v England: Harry Kane 'not a one-season wonder'

Media playback is not supported on this device

England stars root for Rooney goals record
England Euro 2016 qualifiers
San Marino v England (Serravalle, 17:00 BST, Sat, 5 Sep); England v Switzerland (Wembley, 19:45 BST, Tue, 8 Sep)
Coverage: BBC Radio 5 live and live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website

Tottenham striker Harry Kane insists he is not a one-season wonder after his failure to score this season.

The 22-year-old, was the second-highest Premier League scorer in 2014-15, netting 21 times, but is goalless in four games this campaign.

He has been named in the England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland.

"I don't think last year was lucky. I worked very hard to get where I was," said Kane.

"As a striker you always go through spells when you're on fire and sometimes it doesn't go your way, but I'm full of self-belief that I've got goals in me.

"My start to the season has been OK. It could have been better. I would like to have scored by now but football doesn't always work like that."

Current and former captains give advice

Kane was named PFA Young Player of Year after scoring 31 goals for Spurs in all competitions during his breakthrough campaign last season.

However, after struggling this season, he revealed he has sought advice from current England captain Wayne Rooney and ex-skipper Alan Shearer.

Rooney, 29, has scored 48 goals for England - one short of Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 49 goals - while Shearer netted 30 times in 63 games for the national side.

Media playback is not supported on this device

Shearer meets Kane: A tale of two strikers

The former Newcastle striker and Kane spoke after filming an interview for Football Focus.

"I've been able to pick his brain. Wayne has done it year in, year out," Kane said. "I like talking to players like that and seeing how he has dealt with it.

"Shearer is a top man. It was good to talk to him. He's been in the same sort of situation as I am now and he gave me some good tips.

"He said the best strikers in the world just put it to the back of their mind and focus on the next chance or goal - and that's what I try to do.

"It was great to hear that's what he went through sometimes and what he did about it."

'San Marino are there to win'

Euro 2016 qualifying group E

After featuring in England's unsuccessful Under-21 European Championship campaign, Kane returns to the senior side for whom he made his goalscoring debut in the 4-0 win over Lithuania in March.

Victory in San Marino on Saturday could see England secure their spot at next summer's Euro 2016 finals in France with three games remaining.

Kane said: "We should pick up the three points against San Marino and have some good chances so hopefully I can get off the mark for the season."

However, England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is more cautious, claiming San Marino - who have never won a qualifying game - are "very competitive" and "there to win the game".

He forward said: "These games can be some of the trickiest when everyone expects you to go away with an 8-0 win."

Top Stories