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Euro rivals united for one cause; England.


HARRY Kane is confident club matters will be left at the door when the Champions League finalists join up with Gareth Southgate's squad and attempt to end England's trophy drought.

The Three Lions overcame World Cup semi-final foes Croatia and stylish Spain to reach the inaugural Nations League Finals, where Holland lie in wait in Thursday's semifinal in Guimaraes. England's build-up has been higgledy-piggledy as club finals ate into their preparation time, meaning the seven players involved in Saturday's Champions League final will not train with the squad until today.

Jordan Henderson lifted the trophy in Madrid alongside Liverpool team-mates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez, as defeated Tottenham players Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Kane watched on at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Southgate admitted dealing with the highs and lows experienced by those players will be a challenge, but skipper Kane says club issues are always put to one side when the national team convenes.

"We've got such a great bond and, although we're at different clubs, when we come here everyone's fully focused on here," he said. "You don't have to talk to people about switching off from club football.

"Everyone just naturally does it and I think the fact we've played with each other in club sides and younger England sides (means) we're all good friends.

"Whether you're at Spurs or (Manchester) City or Liverpool, we've known each other long enough that we've become mates. When you come here, you just look forward to meeting up and being friends."

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Date:Jun 4, 2019
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