England and Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane has admitted that his performances 'haven't been there' for club and country this season, but played down any suggestions that his poor form is due to a failed move to Manchester City in the summer.
The 28-year-old looked set to join the Citizens after asking to leave Spurs, but the two clubs couldn't come to an agreement over a deal, giving the striker no other option than to return to action for the Lilywhites.
He has since struggled to hit the net for the north Londoners, and failed to score for the first time in 15 qualification matches, as Gareth Southgate's men laboured to a 1-1 draw with Hungary in Tuesday's clash at Wembley Stadium.
Kane's blank naturally raised questions over his form and poor start to the campaign at club level, but when asked whether a summer of speculation has caused his slump, the England star laughed off the suggestions, noting he's 'still scored nine goals this season'.
"It’s natural that people think like that, people are entitled to their opinion," Kane began.
"At the end of the day I’m my own biggest critic and put pressure on me to perform. Everyone who knows me knows I’m confident whenever I play.
"Like I said, it was the first game in 15 that I haven't scored so it's not the end of the world. Everyone who knows me well knows I'm confident every time I play so I'll be ready for the next one.
"I'm in a good place! Obviously I know there's been a lot of talk about me, but at the end of the day, I've still scored nine goals this season. I'm working as hard as I can for the team, when the chances come I'm confident I'll put them away."
Kane also said that his mind is 'clear' after his very public disagreement with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, and while admitting that his performances 'haven't been there' of late, he insisted that he is still giving '110%' for both his club and England.
"I’m as clear as anything, a lot of noise around me, when you’re a high level sportsman you could expect that.
"Every time I step on the field I give 110% for club and country. Performances for club and country maybe haven’t been there last few weeks but I’m confident in my ability – sometimes that’s just the way it goes."