No worries for Harry Kane after World Cup suspension for Antonio Conte before striker’s Tottenham return

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has no qualms about Harry Kane’s mentality after World Cup disappointment.

Kane returned to club duty this week after taking leave after representing England at the World Cup in Qatar.

Kane’s last-minute penalty against Spurs teammate Hugo Lloris contributed to a 2-1 loss to France in the quarterfinals, but Conte knows his star man will be on his way quickly, starting with the Boxing Day fixture at Brentford.

“No, to be honest (I’m not worried) because we’re talking about a world-class forward, but you also know that this is football. You can have moments of excitement in football, but also moments of disappointment because you missed the second penalty. He scored his first goal.

“But when I was a player, I didn’t miss a penalty because I didn’t kick. Never! Because I was a real disaster at that. But I lost a World Cup against Brazil with a penalty (in 1994) and you’re having this moment. You’re really disappointed.

“Of course you’ll be upset at first, but then you know you have to move on. Football gives you the opportunity to have other chances to enjoy football.

“Remember, we are doing this job and we are also very lucky because we can enjoy this sport. Football gives us the opportunity to play in the sport we are very passionate about.

“Frankly, I’m not worried about him. I saw him very well in these two days with us.”

While Kane and a few other Spurs players focus on international duty, Conte has been working for Hotspur Way since November 28.

Before a six-week hiatus from the Premier League, attention was focused on the Tottenham boss’s future and whether there would be talks about his current contract.

Conte’s contract expires in the summer, but the club has the option to extend it for another 12 months.

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The Italian player said, “I don’t think I will talk about this issue at the press conference in the future, because I think the game we will play is much more important.”

“It’s Brentford in that case but I can tell you that I’m really happy to be working here at the club and I have a really good relationship with the club.

“We talk every day and try to find the best solution in every situation, but I think we have six months to stay together, enjoy the situation, and then, I repeat, we find the best solution. But I’m really happy here. It’s very, very important to me.”

The Spurs will certainly be without Argentina’s World Cup-winning defender Cristian Romero at Brentford.

Conte confirmed that Lloris will only be on the bench, Fraser Forster will be appointed, Rodrigo Bentancur (offensive), Lucas Moura (muscle) and Richarlison (hamstring) are unavailable.

Ivan Perisic may play for Boxing Day after returning from training on Friday.

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