Pochettino defends Harry Kane's substitution.

Harry Kane will take time to regain full fitness according to Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

After the Lilywhites' 2-2 home draw against Stoke City, Pochettino stressed Kane was tired and it is the reason why he substituted the England international, as he believes his participation in the European Under-21 championship for England has taken its toll.

"He was tired," said the former Southampton manager. "He came later into pre-season but this is normal. He needs time.

"Last season we spoke a lot about Harry Kane and the consequence [of playing for England Under-21s] you can see now. At 2-0 after 65-70 minutes I thought that was enough for him. Don't take risks with his body."

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