Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has no worries about Harry Kane’s state of mind following his World Cup disappointment.
Kane returned to his duties at the club this week after being granted leave after representing England at the World Cup in Qatar.
It was Kane’s late penalty miss against Spurs team-mate Hugo Lloris that contributed to a 2-1 loss to France in the quarter-finals, but Conte knows his star man will move on quickly. of the Boxing Day match at Brentford.
He said: “No, honestly (I’m not worried) because we were talking about a world-class striker but at the same time, you know, football is that.
“In football you can have exciting moments and you can also have a moment when you are a little disappointed because you missed a second penalty. The first one he scored.
“But me when I was a player, I never missed a penalty because I didn’t kick. Never! Because I was a real disaster. But with a penalty I lost a World Cup against Brazil (in 1994) and you are living this moment. You are really disappointed.
“Of course the first half you are sad, but then you know you have to move on. Football gives you the opportunity to have other chances to enjoy football.
“Remember that we are doing this job and also we are really lucky because we can enjoy this sport. Football gives us the opportunity to practice the sport that we are passionate about.
“Honestly, I’m not worried about him. I saw him very well during these two days with us.
While Kane and several other Spurs players have focused on international duty, Conte has been working at Hotspur Way since November 28.
Ahead of the Premier League’s six-week suspension, attention turned to the future of the Tottenham boss and whether talks could take place over his current contract.
Conte’s term is set to expire this summer, although the club have the option of extending it for another 12 months.
“I think I would also like in the future not to talk about this subject in the press conference because I think the match we are going to play is much more important,” insisted the Italian.
“In this case, Brentford, but what I can tell you is that I’m really happy at the club, to work here and I have a very good relationship with the club.
“We talk every day and try to find in each situation the best solution but I think we have six months to stay together, to take advantage of the situation and then we find, I repeat, the best solution. But I am really happy here. It’s very, very important to me.”
Spurs will be permanently without World Cup-winning Argentina defender Cristian Romero at Brentford.
Conte confirmed that Lloris will only be named on the bench, with Fraser Forster set to fill in, while Rodrigo Bentancur (suspension), Lucas Moura (muscle) and Richarlison (hamstring) are all unavailable.
Ivan Perisic could feature on Boxing Day after returning to training on Friday.