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Tottenham forward Harry Kane has had an injury-hit season © AFP/File Oli SCARFF

English Premiership

Kane hopes Spurs can be single-minded in Euro chase

LONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 5 – Harry Kane hopes Tottenham can benefit from focusing solely on the Premier League when the battle for a place in next season’s Champions League resumes.

The English top-flight is set to restart on June 17, with Jose Mourinho’s Spurs hosting his former club Manchester United two days later.

Tottenham have nine games to try and force their way into the Champions League places.

Mourinho’s men are seven points off the top four, but fifth could be enough if Manchester City’s appeal against a two-season European ban is rejected.

Win their first game back and Spurs would be just a point behind fifth-placed United.

All of Tottenham’s rivals also have other things to play for with Manchester United in the FA Cup and Europa League, Chelsea in the FA Cup and Champions League, Wolves in the Europa League and Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

“From our point of view we are not in any of the other competitions so we have got nine games to concentrate on picking up as many points and try and get into the Champions League spots,” Kane told Sky Sports News.

“So at least all our focus is going to be on one competition.”

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Kane will be fit to resume following nearly six months off with a serious hamstring injury.

He added: “It feels like a pre-season, it has been good so far. I was doing individual training for a while and almost got to a stage where I was back with the team and then we had to stay at home.

“It’s been a chance for me to get fit. It has been six months since I have played a game so I haven’t done that since I was about five years old.”

Spurs stepped up preparations for the restart by staging an 11 v 11 training match at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Friday.

Earlier this week, the North London club confirmed that one individual had tested positive for coronavirus, but did not say if it was a player or member of staff.

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