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I'm not in need of a rest, claims England captain Kane

England captain Harry Kane. Credit: PA

Harry Kane admits it has been difficult to play so much football since the summer - but the England captain insists his game has not suffered as a result.

If Kane does not score in Monday's game against Spain in the same competition it will be the longest barren run of his senior England career - his last goal came against Colombia at the World Cup.

There has been widespread suggestion that Kane is in need of a rest as the burden of firing both club and country to glory has taken its toll, but, while Kane admits it has been a slog, he believes he remains at the peak of his powers.

"I don't think my game has dipped," he said. "It's been tough after the World Cup not getting much rest, but I think I dealt with it well. I've stayed fit and stayed healthy.

"That was my main priority at the start of the season. Now it's building on that and pushing forward over the winter.

"I set a standard for myself and I want to reach that standard every game I play. Sometimes you fall below it for one reason or another. It's about learning and improving and that is what I will do for the rest of my career.

"I just stay focused on my job and what I need to do. In the Premier League I'm second top goalscorer. I'd like to have scored more for England recently."

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Cardiff appeal Ralls' red against Spurs

Ralls was sent of for a second yellow after challenging Harry Kane. Credit: PA

Cardiff have appealed against Joe Ralls' red card at Tottenham.

Ralls was sent off by referee Mike Dean for a 58th-minute tackle on Lucas Moura in Saturday's 1-0 Premier League defeat.

Press Association Sport understands an appeal was lodged with the Football Association before the 1pm deadline on Monday.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock, in his post-match Wembley press conference, branded the decision as "very soft" and accused Spurs striker Harry Kane of "trying to make an issue of it" after squaring up to Ralls.

"You don't go off like that. He (Kane) is doing that to make an issue of it, to get the referee thinking (it was) worse than what it is," Warnock said.

"England player going off like that, dear me. He went straight in and pushed him. Why not give him a red?

"I don't think you should try to get other pros sent off, just because he's had a poor game and Spurs were having a poor game. He shouldn't take it out on us."

Ralls faces the prospect of a three-match ban and will miss games against Fulham, Liverpool and Leicester if the appeal is unsuccessful.

Cardiff are currently bottom of the Premier League with two points from eight games.

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