Harry Kane looks ‘very good’ in Spurs training after World Cup return as Conte insists he will forget penalty horror

ANTONIO CONTE has no worries Harry Kane will suffer a hangover from his World Cup penalty pain.

Kane, 29, returned to Spurs training on Thursday, nearly two weeks after flying 12 yards across the pitch in England’s quarter-final defeat by France in Qatar.

Harry Kane returned to Spurs practice on Thursday

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Harry Kane returned to Spurs practice on ThursdayPhoto credit: Getty
Tottenham are currently fourth in the Premier League

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Tottenham are currently fourth in the Premier LeaguePhoto credit: Getty
Kane was heartbroken after his missed penalty at the World Cup

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Kane was heartbroken after his missed penalty at the World CupCredit: PA

Conte knows what it’s like to struggle with a broken penalty when Italy lost the 1994 World Cup final by lottery – despite being an unused substitute at the time.

And he’s confident his star striker will put the disappointment behind him.

Conte said: “Football can have exciting moments and you can also have moments where you’re a bit disappointed because you miss a penalty.

“When I was a player, I never missed a penalty because I didn’t kick (one). Never, because I was a real disaster at that!

“But with a penalty I lost a World Cup against Brazil and I think you’re living that moment and you’re really disappointed.

“Of course you’re sad at first, but then you know you have to move on.

“Football gives you the opportunity to have other opportunities to enjoy it.

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

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Kane shot his winning penalty over the bar as England were knocked out of the World Cup by France

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Kane shot his winning penalty over the bar as England were knocked out of the World Cup by FranceCredit: PA
Antonio Conte's Spurs will return against Brentford on Boxing Day

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Antonio Conte’s Spurs will return against Brentford on Boxing DayPhoto credit: Getty

Kane is likely to return straight to the Tottenham squad at Brentford on Boxing Day.

Especially since Richarlison, the most obvious alternative, is expected to be out for “three to four” weeks with a thigh injury suffered at the World Cup.

Fellow Brazilian Lucas Moura is also unavailable with a nagging tendon problem that has plagued him all season, leaving Conte frustrated.

The Spurs boss said: “Lucas has this problem, he’s struggling a lot to find a solution.

“It’s definitely a difficult situation. Because I have a good player in my squad but he’s never available. I don’t know what will happen to him in the future.”

France captain Hugo Lloris, who lost the World Cup final on penalties to Argentina, returns to Tottenham training on Christmas Day.

“When I was a player, I never missed a penalty because I didn’t kick (one). Never, because I was a real disaster at that!

Antonio Conte

But Conte revealed the Les Bleus record holder will be on the bench with the Bees the next day and Fraser will hand Forster his first Premier League game for Spurs.

Meanwhile, the saga of whether Conte will sign a new contract continues.

He has six months left on his contract but is in talks over an extension with Spurs, who currently have an option for a further year on his current terms.

When asked if he could give assurances to fans that he would land a new deal, Conte was usually noncommittal but said how “happy” he was at the club.

The ex-Chelsea boss said: “We have six months to stay together, enjoy the situation and then we will find the best solution. But I’m really happy here. That is very, very important to me.”

Tottenham fans will be hoping for some new faces in January, although SunSport believe it will most likely be a ‘one in, one out’ scenario, if at all.

Conte added that any potential signing must fit the club’s policy of a younger talent with potential that won’t break the payroll.

He said: “We will try to follow this guideline to improve the team. If there is an opportunity to strengthen the squad, we will do it.

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“Otherwise we will continue with these players and I am happy with them.”

Probable line-up: Forster; Dier, Lenglet, Davies; Royal, Bissouma, Hojbjerg, Doherty; Kulusevski, Kane, son.

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