Tottenham striker Harry Kane believes his seven-week injury lay-off could prove a blessing in disguise as it has allowed him to rest up after a busy couple of years.
Kane has not had a summer off since 2014, having played at the European Under-21 Championships last year and then Euro 2016 earlier this year.
His schedule appeared to catch up with him during a few tired displays for England but an enforced breather, following an ankle injury sustained in September, has left him feeling refreshed.
“It was a chance to rest other muscles of the body that have been going non-stop for quite a few years now,” Kane said at a pre-match press conference ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland.
“No-one wants to be injured, but when you do have setbacks like that you have to look at the positives.
“I kept myself fit and healthy, I did a lot of gym work, which I haven’t been able to do because of the amount of games I’ve been playing.
“The ankle feels good now – I feel fit, I feel sharp.”