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Tottenham striker Kane admits struggling for motivation this season

Tottenham striker Harry Kane admits he's struggled for motivation this season after failing to get a move away over the summer.

England's penalty shoot-out defeat was followed by intense scrutiny over Kane's club future, with Premier League champions Manchester City trying to sign him from Tottenham.

Kane wanted to leave but Spurs held firm. Since then, he has struggled to recapture his finest form for club and country - scoring 10 times this season but is goalless in his last five.

"It's always hard," Kane said when asked about staying motivated. "The last two major tournaments we've had getting to the semi-final and the final, it takes it out of you not just physically but mentally.

"In just a few weeks you are back playing Premier League football and it feels like you don't always have a chance to take it all in and learn from it, see what you did well and what you didn't It almost becomes a whirlwind sometimes so it is about adapting to that.

"It's about getting back to basics, on the training pitch. We play a lot of games a year, there's not always a lot of time to recover and reflect on things.

"I think it was tough in the summer in terms of that loss, losing the final for your country at Wembley that will stay with me for the rest of my career, you never get over that sort of thing and hopefully we can go and win another tournament. That always stings."

Kane admitted too that the questions marks over his club future were another distraction for him to contend with.

"There was a lot of talk and speculation over the summer, it is the first time it has happened to me but it is part and parcel of learning, of being a big player and I have to deal with that, I think I dealt with it well. There is a long way to go at club level but now it is about these two games."

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