Antonio Conte had “zero doubt” about Harry Kane’s mentality to move on from his World Cup heartbreak after netting in Tottenham’s draw with Brentford.
The England captain was playing for the first time since his crucial penalty miss in the Three Lions’ quarter-final defeat by France in Qatar.
Kane was subjected to abuse by a section of the Brentford fans, who chanted “you let your country down” during the 2-2 draw.
Nevertheless, the striker responded with a header that inspired Tottenham to earn a point from two goals down, taking his Premier League goal tally for the season to 13.
Kane has now scored the most Premier League goals on Boxing Day (10), and Conte believes his number 10 has already moved on.
“About Harry, I have zero doubt about his mentality,” Conte told BBC Sport.
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“He’s facing a strange situation. He had a really good World Cup and also the team played to the quarter-final, then he missed a decisive penalty.
“If you are strong mentally, you move on, and Harry did this. I think the fans were scared because he is playing for Tottenham, not for what happened with England.”
Kane’s team-mate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who scored the Spurs equaliser, added: “To underestimate his strength is a big mistake.
“He is a machine. He has the quality to be number one in the world. The biggest mistake you can do in football is to doubt Harry Kane.”
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