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Van Dijk questions Spurs decision to play Kane in UCL final

Virgil Van Dijk has questioned Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to start Harry Kane in the Champions League final.

England captain Kane was included in the Spurs team for their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in Saturday’s showpiece, despite having not featured for the club since suffering an ankle injury in April.

Liverpool defender Van Dijk, who played against Kane in the Madrid final, questioned whether it was the correct decision to play the forward when not fully fit.

Kane has since linked up with the England squad for their Nations League semi-final with the Netherlands, where he will once again face Van Dijk.

‘Kane is a fantastic striker, one of the best in England, and definitely the best striker England have got for the national team,” Van Dijk told a pre-match press conference.

‘But I know also that, if you’re not 100 per cent fit, it’ll be in your head if you get a bit of a knock or you might get a bit of pain when you pass it. I expected him to play the final, but not at 100. I don’t know if he’ll play tomorrow, but we’ll see.’

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