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Harry Kane targeting 20 goals as Pochettino backs him for England call-up

By Staff Reporter

Harry Kane believes he can fend off the challenge of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado to become Tottenham's 20-goal striker.

Spurs' 21-year-old youth team product scored his 14th goal of the season against Burnley, then quickly targeted his next milestone.

The Enfield-born striker hailed boss Mauricio Pochettino for handing him the chance to prove himself despite Soldado and Adebayor costing Spurs more than £30million.

"The next target is 20 goals: obviously I'm on 14 now so it's six more to go," said Kane.

"I'm just trying to do my best for the team and to get on the scoresheet.

"I've been doing the right things at the minute but there's still a long way and a lot of games to go this season, so hopefully I can keep playing and keep scoring.

"Sometimes young English players that come through the ranks don't always get the chance at the top level, but I've been fortunate to get this chance. It proves that you don't always have to buy players, there are players that are home grown that are ready to prove themselves.

Spurs fan Kane grew up idolising Teddy Sheringham, and admitted he gets goose bumps when the Tottenham supporters now sing his name.

Tottenham are primed for a Premier League table tussle with north London rivals Arsenal heading into the new year.

"I know how much it would mean to everyone around the club to finish above Arsenal," said Kane. "I wouldn't really remember the last time Spurs finished above Arsenal if I'm honest, it's been a long time (1995) and we're trying to put that right this season.

"To hear them sing my name when I came onto the pitch, it makes me quite emotional. It can only spur you on, you want to do your best for the fans."

Having enhanced Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Calum Chambers international credentials at Southampton, Pochettino believes Kane has the right characteristics to follow suit.

"Harry is a typical English player - he is a striker, a strong character, he works hard and he has quality," he said.

"English football at the moment needs to believe in its young talent.

"When you are a manager and you arrive in a new country, you have try to help the young talent at the club and give them the right conditions to work."

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