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Harry Kane admits he’s using secret personal physio ahead of Qatar World Cup

Harry Kane has revealed how a secret Spanish physio is keeping him injury free and getting him fitter than ever.

The England captain will be hoping to down Italy on Friday at the San Siro in Milan. Kane, 29, has been impressing this season for Tottenham with six goals in seven Premier League games as Spurs got off to a flying start under Antonio Conte this term.

But the striker has enjoyed a relatively injury free two years since a ruptured tendon in his hamstring required surgery in January 2020. Kane has missed just four games for Spurs since with ankle niggles which is a far cry from the more injury-hit periods earlier in his career.

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He said: “I did my hamstring in January against Southampton away on New Year's Day and since then I've actually found this new physio and we've been working together since, for nearly three years now.

“He's been really great for me, we've worked for hours and hours over the three years, built up a really good relationship and I feel like he's really helped me get my body. I've seen changes in my body in terms of what my ankles were like before and now after. “I'm in a totally different place. So it's really pleasing, I've kept that under the radar. Not now! It's the first time you guys have asked me to be fair.”

Kane was reluctant to name the new member of his team.

He said: “I'll keep him quiet. I got him through a friend, another athlete that I knew. Personal, away from the club but the club know about him. I'll use him maybe one week of the month. He doesn't live in the UK so he comes over one week a month and stays with me.”

England head into Friday's game knowing if they suffer a third defeat in Nations League Group A3 they will be relegated which will hurt their seedings for Euro 2024 qualification. It would also be a huge confidence blow heading into the World Cup this winter.

Kane added: “I wouldn’t say it would be embarrassment. Of course we’d be disappointed that we’d have finished bottom of that group but I don’t think it would be time to panic or get too down on yourself. Ultimately we’re going to be judged on major tournaments. Over the last four years we’ve done pretty well in them."

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