Harry Kane says he is not worried about his current form as he focuses on helping England move a step closer to World Cup qualification.
The England captain has scored one Premier League goal for Tottenham this season, while he has failed to score in his last five games in all competitions.
England face Albania at Wembley on Friday, where victory could be enough to clinch their place at Qatar 2022, and Kane is confident he can get back among the goals.
“From my point of view, it’s easy for people to make an excuse when you’re not on form or scoring as many as you usually do and that’s where it’s important for my own self-belief, for my own mentality, just to work harder,” said Kane.
“That’s always been my approach, whether I’m doing really well or the goals don’t quite come – is to work hard and train hard for the team and that’s what I’ve done my whole career.
“In this calendar year, it’s been a great year for me personally and I hope to continue that on Friday night.”
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Kane has netted three goals in his last four appearances for England, who need four points from their final two games against Albania and San Marino to qualify automatically for Qatar 2022.
Victory over Albania would be enough if Poland drop points away to Andorra but Kane is expecting a difficult match at Wembley.
“I think it’s a game that we definitely want to win,” he said. “We need four points from these two qualifiers so the quicker you can get three on the board, the better.
“A win would put us in a better position for the San Marino one.
“We expect a really tough game. Albania still have the chance to qualify for the World Cup and we know they’ll bring a lot of energy and passion to the game so we need to make sure we match that.
“We feel with our ability, we have more than enough to win the game but it will be a tough battle.”