Gareth Southgate insists he has no concerns about captain Harry Kane’s focus heading into Euro 2020.
Kane was confirmed in Southgate’s 33-man provisional squad for the tournament, with the Tottenham Hotspur striker set to lead the Three Lions’ bid for a first major tournament win since 1966.
Kane’s future has been the subject of much speculation, but Southgate does not think a move away from Spurs will happen before the end of the tournament.
And he says he isn’t concerned about the player – who won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup – being distracted by the transfer talk that surrounds him after reports he has told Spurs he wants to leave the club this summer.
Southgate said: “I don’t need to talk about Harry’s focus. He has got one goal with us and that’s to win a European Championship.
“What is going on at his club is a matter for him and Tottenham. He has made some statements in the last few days but that is out of the way now and I think it is very unlikely transfer deals will be done while we are away.
“We are not going to stop phone ringing and cannot control conversations going on in private. Most deals are done after tournaments or in the September, I would expect any deals to be done after the tournament.”
Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea have all been linked with Kane, though the reported £150million price tag on his head is likely to scare off a lot of potential suitors.
Money is tight in Italy and Spain, where Sergio Aguero looks set for a free transfer move to Barcelona.
A move to another Premier League club looks Kane’s best option, but Spurs chief Daniel Levy won’t want to sell him to a rival without at least driving the hardest of bargains, which may mean any exit route for the player is closed off this summer.
City are in the market for a striker to replace Aguero, but have never spent more than the £64.3m they paid for Rodri. They could be tempted to go as high as £100m for Kane, however.