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Kane is ready to replace injured Lloris, says Pochettino

20 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Harry Kane is ready to step into the shoes of injured Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris but he must lead with his heart, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The French goalkeeper dislocated his elbow in the 3-0 Premier League defeat to Brighton earlier in October, and is set to be out of action until at least the turn of the year.

But Pochettino, who has been impressed with Kane’s captaincy on international duty with England, says Kane has learned from Lloris and is more than ready to step up in his absence.

“He has learned a lot from Hugo, who is a good example,” said Pochettino. “He has become a natural leader.

“His commitment is great, not only for Tottenham but for the national team. We are going to miss Hugo for a few months and to have Harry to step up with others is important. He is young but he is very mature, he is capable.”

Kane drew praise from many earlier in the week for his conduct as England beat Bulgaria 6-0 in a game marred by racist behaviour from some sections of the Bulgarian home support.